Standards New Zealand held a workshop, sponsored by the Ministry for the Environment, on 10 March 2009, to discuss ways of improving representation on the joint Australia/New Zealand committee WS-032 (water efficient appliances).
The WS-032 committee is responsible for developing Water efficient products – Rating and labelling, AS/NZS 6400:2005. One of the outcomes of the workshop was agreement to support the establishment of a New Zealand water efficiency labelling scheme (WELS) advisory group, to ensure that the views of New Zealand stakeholders are well represented at meetings of WS-032.
Standards New Zealand is inviting stakeholder organisations to nominate representatives onto the New Zealand WELS advisory group. The aim is to hold meetings of the advisory group prior to WS-032 committee meetings in Australia, in order to agree on issues that New Zealand stakeholders wish to have taken to committee meetings by New Zealand representatives on WS-032.
Regulations on water efficiency labelling of products are expected to come into force in New Zealand in July 2009. These are Consumer Information Standard (CIS) regulations, under the Fair Trading Act 1986, and the Commerce Commission will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the regulations. Further information and a list of products will be available on a website soon to be set up by the Ministry for the Environment. The link is not currently available, but when established will be at the following address: http://www.waterefficiency.govt.nz.
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