Energy Performance Certificates for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
The Introduction of EPCs for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment
The 2005 Ecodesign Directive is a piece of EU legislation that covers all energy using products, including anything which can be used to generate, transfer or measure energy as well as products that consume it. It was put into place to produce EU-wide rules designed to help improve the environmental performance of all energy related products through eco design, and also to help standardise environmental performance for consumer and commercial appliances across the EU.
Consumer appliances such as boilers and heaters are already covered by the legislation, as are some types of commercial equipment, such as transformers. From 2015, the law will also cover commercial refrigeration products so it’s a good idea to be aware of how the rules will affect you and your business.
What is the benefit?
It was decided back in 2009 that all refrigeration products should be ranked according to their performance, on a similar A-G scale as is currently used for domestic appliances. This is seen as being beneficial for all businesses that want to keep their carbon footprint and energy spending as low as possible, while also benefitting the environment. The legislation is also designed to help enforce other environmental issues such as water use, pollution, waste issues, and recyclability.
As with consumer goods, G will be the minimum performance level, and this will apply to all EU member states. It’s planned that the minimum acceptable levels will rise over time, so that overall energy consumption levels improve to match.
If a product doesn’t reach the minimum energy performance level, manufacturers won’t be able to sell it in EU member states. It’s also expected that instead of just aiming for a straight forward A or B rating for their appliances, manufacturers will be expected to strive to achieve anything from an A to an A+++, meaning that appliances near the lower end of the ratings will be less likely to be sold, and thus eventually taken off sale. The regulation looks likely to come into force around mid-2015, although there is no firm date set for its introduction as yet.
Which appliances are affected?
According to the Ecodesign Working Plan 2012-2014, the category of ‘professional refrigeration products’ (ENTR Lot 1) includes:
- Refrigerated storage cabinets;
- Blast chillers
- Walk-in cold rooms;
- Refrigeration process chillers;
- Condensing units
So, what does this mean for you?
Well you won’t see anything difference just yet, but if you are in the process of looking for new refrigeration equipment, it may be wise to take this future legislation into account. If the appliances you buy aren’t rated then you might find that they are taken off the market, making getting hold of replacement parts for them difficult in the future. All Carlton Services refrigeration equipment meets EU requirements and we will be happy to provide further advice on new refrigeration equipment and installation as the directive is introduced.
At the same time, if you’re looking into upgrading your existing equipment, you will be able to use the new ratings systems to assess their energy efficiency from next year.
For more information on the regulations, see this interview from Catering Insight with Foster’s Engineering Director on the new regulations.