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