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30th November 2016

Energy Efficient Lighting Consultation

30 Nov 2016

The Federal Government’s Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) program has released a consultation paper to consider a range of policy options to improve energy efficiency lighting for residential and commercial users across Australia and New Zealand.

The consultation, via a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) offers four proposals including the:

⦁ Introduction of Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for LED lamps and integrated luminaires;

⦁ MEPS for non-integrated commercial luminaires;

⦁ Increasing incandescent and halogen MEPS (Australia only) to remove the most inefficient lamps;

⦁ Introduction of mandatory labelling for lamp products primarily used in the residential sector

The phasing out of inefficient halogen lighting across Australia has been estimated to save up to $2.8 Billion by 2030, requiring additional upfront costs for consumers and businesses with an offset of reduced long-term savings with the lower energy and replacement costs of more energy efficient and longer lasting light bulbs. 

NECA will be making a submission to the RIS and seeks member advice and input prior to commenting.  The consultation document can be found here.  Feedback for NECA’s submission can be directed to Andrew Jefferies, Policy & Projects Manager at


Media enquiries and interviews

Barry Jackson – National Marketing and Communications

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Andrew Jefferies – National Policy and Submissions

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M 0458 726 355

Notes for editors

  1. NECA is the peak industry body representing the interests of electrical and communications contractors Australia-wide.
  2. NECA is run by electrical contractors, for electrical contractors.
  3. We have 5,000 contracting companies as members – and they in turn employ over 50,000 people Australia-wide.
  4. NECA employs almost 350 people across its seven chapters (Queensland, New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia).
  5. The chapters provide NECA members with a range of services including: Industrial Relations, Health & Safety, Legal, Technical, Training, business-support services, product discounts and advocacy representation in Canberra with Government, Industry bodies and Training bodies.
  6. NECA wholly-owns its RTOs and GTOs in NSW, VIC & WA, the EcoSmart Electricians initiative and ACRS – one of the national cabling registrars, and has a joint venture with a superannuation company in NSW (NESS Super).
  7. NECA also employ around 2,000 apprentice electricians and provides training to a further 2,000.
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