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The Federal Government has introduced a new energy rating label for air conditioners.

Some of this year’s air conditioner models will carry the new label and from April 1, 2020 it will apply to all new models including, for the first time, portable air conditioners.

The Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (GEMS) Regulator has invited air conditioner retailers and installers to attend a free information session on the new Zoned Energy Rating Label (ZERL).

The ZERL has been introduced under new energy efficiency requirements that enable consumers to make a more energy efficient choice when selecting an air conditioner for their home.

It includes more detailed information than the previous energy rating label, so the GEMS Regulator will be running a series of free information sessions around Australia in August and September to educate retailers and installers on the new label.

These sessions will run for approximately two hours and cover why there has been a change to the label, how to read the new label and explain it to customers, the transition arrangements between the old and the new labels, and how retailers should display the label in-store including regulated responsibilities.

Sessions will also cover common questions from customers and the government will make available free communication materials which will be distributed to session participants.

Members of the Ozone and Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Program from the Department of the Environment and Energy will also attend to present on the hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) phase down and licensing arrangements.

The Canberra event will be held at Manuka Oval, Griffith on Thursday, August 22, 2019. It will be followed by the Brisbane event on Monday, September 2, Sydney on Tuesday, September 3, Melbourne on Wednesday, September 4 and Hobart on Thursday, September 5.

The Perth event will be held on Tuesday, September 17 and Adelaide will be Wednesday, September 18, 2019.

Email your details and preferred location to energyrating@environment.gov.au

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