Wednesday, Aug 12, 2015

The Commercial Lighting Product Profile – a forerunner to new regulation - has been released for stakeholder comment. Please see email below from the Department of Industry and Science which contains a link to the document.

Public consultation meetings will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland. Please register for one of these events if interested.

Commercial Lighting Product Profile Consultation
(Australia and New Zealand)


We are contacting you to inform you that a Product Profile report on Commercial Lighting products has been released for stakeholder comment.


Lighting in Australia and New Zealand is a major contributor to energy use and cost in the commercial sector with commercial lighting systems accounting up to 40% of electricity end-use. A range of linear (double-capped) fluorescent lamps and ballasts have been subject to minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) and labelling requirements since 2002 in New Zealand and 2004 in Australia. Taking into account the emergence of more efficient commercial lighting products and the introduction of more stringent MEPS levels in a number of other major economies; it is considered timely to review the MEPS program for linear fluorescent lamps and ballasts and to consider options for increasing the efficiency of basic commercial luminaires, circular and U-shaped fluorescent lamps, and non-integrated CFLs.


The scope of this product profile includes lighting primarily used in commercial premises in Australia and New Zealand. The products covered in this product profile are fluorescent lamps (including linear, circular, U-shaped and non-integrated compact lamps), ballasts for fluorescent lamps, and basic commercial luminaires (troffers, battens and CFL cans). It does not include LEDs as these lighting products are being reviewed separately as part of the LED Product Profile to be released in the near future. Incandescent and halogen lamps (Australia only) and integrated CFLs (Australia and New Zealand) were the subject of a review released for stakeholder comment in November 2014.


The E3 Committee is seeking views and dialogue with industry, consumers and other stakeholders on the information presented in the Product Profile including current and projected sales and stock of commercial lighting in Australia and New Zealand, availability of effective and efficient alternatives to selected lighting products, as well as the possible options for governments to drive improvements to energy productivity. Final policy options would be subject to detailed investigation (including cost-benefit modelling) through a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS).


Download the Commercial Lighting Product Profile

Product Profile PDF (3.75MB)

Product Profile DOCX (3.99MB)


Making a written submission

Written submissions should state ‘Commercial Lighting Product Profile’ in the subject heading and should be emailed to:



The closing date for submissions is 5.00 pm AEDT on 25 September 2015.


Public Consultation sessions

To help inform feedback, public consultation sessions will be held in New Zealand and Australia. These sessions will provide an overview of the Product Profile, and discuss its findings, policy options and identified areas where additional data would be useful. Public consultation sessions on this product profile will be held in early September 2015, alongside consultation on the yet to be released LED product profile, with dates and locations to be confirmed.


It is expected that consultation sessions will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Auckland. Registered stakeholders will be contacted regarding time and location of meetings.


Registering your attendance at a consultation session

To register your interest in attending a consultation session, please email regs@eeca.govt.nzfor the New Zealand or for Australia sessions by 14 August 2015.


Please note the number of attendees and the preferred location of the meeting