‘En­ergy Star’ la­bel to be abol­ished

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The En­ergy Star la­bel, that gives buy­ers a guide to which ap­pli­ances have ex­cel­lent en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, is to be dumped by the end of the year.

En­ergy Minister Judith Collins con­firmed the move last week, say­ing she had agreed with of­fi­cials’ ad­vice that the En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency and Con­ser­va­tion Author­ity (EECA) pro­gramme should end.

The EECA Board de­cided on March 28 to exit En­ergy Star - a vol­un­tary en­dorse­ment la­belling pro­gramme - based on a re­view of pro­grammes in 2016, Collins said.

‘‘The re­view showed that the En­ergy Star spend­ing was not ef­fec­tive and the re­turn on the in­vest­ment was low. Based on the findings of the re­view I agreed with of­fi­cials’ ad­vice that the pro­gramme should be dis­con­tin­ued and I ex­pressed that view to the Board in my let­ter of ex­pec­ta­tions.’’

‘‘Com­pared to the En­ergy Rat­ing la­bel which will con­tinue, the En­ergy Star pro­gramme has be­come less rel­e­vant,’’ she said.

EECA li­censed the la­bel from the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency in the United States, but it was in­creas­ingly get­ting lost in ‘‘a crowded la­bel market’’, EECA’s Ef­fi­cient Prod­ucts Man­ager Ed­die Thomp­son said.

A re­view showed con­sumers pre­ferred us­ing the En­ergy Rat­ing La­bel, which lets them com­pare run­ning costs.

FAIR­FAX NZ

En­ergy Minister Judith Collins says the En­ergy Star la­bel will be gone by the end of the year.

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