A review is being undertaken of the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Legislative Scheme and E3 Program during the second half of 2014. The GEMS Act came into effect on 1 October 2012. The National GEMS legislation changed the way equipment energy efficiency is regulated in Australia. Online consultation for the GEMS review closes 24 October 2014 (date now extended by two weeks).
What are the key changes under the GEMS Legislation?
Under the GEMS Legislation, there were a number of key changes to the way product energy efficiency is regulated in Australia.
These changes included:
- The Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Act 2012 replaced seven separate state and territory energy efficiency regulations.
- The Australian GEMS Regulator replaced four state regulators and was responsible for registering products and administering the legislation in Australia.
- Specific product requirements are set out in a legislative instrument called a GEMS Determination. Requirements are set out either directly in the determination or the determination will refer to the applicable clause in the product standard.
- The determination also established which version of the relevant standard is applicable—usually the version that existed at the time the determination was made.
Why did GEMS change in 2012?
The introduction of the GEMS legislation fulfilled a commitment made by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2009 to introduce national legislation to regulate equipment energy efficiency in Australia.
The GEMS legislation provides:
- A national framework for the regulation of equipment energy efficiency
- Business certainty through consistency across all states and territories
- Strengthened monitoring, verification and enforcement activities
- The foundation for expanding energy efficiency regulations into new product areas.
About the GEMS review
Online consultation open: 15 September to 24 October 2014
All interested parties are encouraged to provide their views on the GEMS Review by completing the online questionnaire available from 15 September to 10 October 2014.
You can read the existing GEMS policy here.
The original announcement in September 2012 is here: http://www.energyrating.gov.au/blog/2012/09/28/the-greenhouse-and-energy-minimum-standards-gems-begins/
How can I participate?
All interested parties are invited to provide their views on the GEMS Review by completing the online questionnaire during the period 15 September to 10 October 2014.
The questionnaire should take around 10 minutes to complete and your responses will contribute to the overall review.
This questionnaire is hosted by the consultants undertaking the review, Databuild.
What is being reviewed?
A review is being undertaken of the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) for the Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Legislative Scheme during the second half of 2014.
The review will evaluate:
- the operation and administration of the IGA, including transitional issues from the previous multi-jurisdiction appliance and equipment energy efficiency regulatory regime. This will also include the identification of opportunities for process efficiencies;
- the implementation of the GEMS Act and the E3 Program against their objectives; and
- ongoing funding requirements for delivery of the E3 Program, including options relating to cost recovery.
What kinds of issues will the review consider?
- How the current national approach compares to the previous multi-jurisdictional scheme;
- Whether anticipated savings from moving to the current regime are being realised;
- Whether energy efficiency standards are being raised;
- Whether current energy efficiency requirements have impacted on the competitiveness of Australian industries, either in Australia or overseas;
- Whether alternative cost effective and viable policy, process and funding models could be used to achieve the same outcomes;
- What impact alternative models might have on Australian stakeholders; and
- How existing processes could be made more efficient.
Who’s doing the review?
The review is being managed by the Appliance Energy Efficiency Branch of the Department of Industry, on behalf of the E3 Committee.
The review itself is being undertaken independently by consultants Databuild who were selected through a competitive tender process.
Why is it being reviewed?
The review will fulfill the requirement in paragraph 51 of the IGA that it be reviewed, and will generate content that will be of use for the review required under the GEMS Act, to be undertaken after its fifth year of operation.
What are the Terms of Reference for the review?
The review’s Terms of Reference have been noted by ministers of the COAG Energy Council.
Within these Terms of Reference industry stakeholders suggested a number of questions that the review should seek to answer.
How will the review be undertaken?
The methodology that consultants Databuild will use in carrying out the review is available here.
Interviews: Databuild will gather the views of key stakeholders through 97 qualitative interviews, carried out during August, September and October 2014.
Workshops: Selected stakeholders will be invited to participate in one of three workshops.
29 August 2014 – Sydney – for Industry Group representatives (by invitation only)
10 September 2014 – Sydney – for Consumer Group representatives (by invitation only)
11 September 2014 – Melbourne – for Industry and all other stakeholder representatives (by invitation only)
All interested parties can express their views through the online consultation process by completing the questionnaire on this page between 15 September and 10 October 2014.
When will the review be completed?
Online consultations close on 24 October 2014.
Qualitative interviews with selected stakeholders will be completed by mid-October 2014.
The final report will be submitted to the Department of Industry by 28 November 2014.
Contact details for the review are available here.