Animated video spells out new refrigeration rules

Foster and Gamko Ecodesign Directive video

Foster Refrigerator and sister brand Gamko have launched an animated video to help operators understand the new Ecodesign Directive and associated energy labelling for refrigeration units due into force from 1 July.

The film shows what the new rating system means, explaining how equipment is tested and graded on a scale from A to G according to stringent legislative requirements.

Starring Foster’s ‘+stayclear chef’ and his scientific companion, the film was developed as a direct result of feedback the King’s Lynn-based manufacturer received from its customers.

Foster says that from conversations in the industry, people were unsure what Ecodesign legislation meant to them. They also found a significant number of sales partners did not know the level of responsibility they held in correctly advertising the energy efficiency credentials products.

Nick Bamber, head of marketing at Foster and Gamko, said: “There is so much information flying around and it’s no wonder people have got lots of questions about Ecodesign.  Whether we are talking about Ecodesign, ErP or MEPS, essentially it all boils down to the same thing!

“Our animated guide, which is simple and clear will help dealers, customers and a wider audience, understand and in some cases even introduce them to, the new legislation. We all know ultimately the grade will be just one of a number of things customers will consider when deciding which refrigeration products are best for their organisation, but we feel it is our responsibility to help inform the industry on such a far-reaching topic.”

The video can be viewed in full HERE.

Foster has invested more than £500,000 in extending the test facility at its Norfolk manufacturing plant to be one of the newest and largest of its kind in Europe ahead of the introduction of the new EU regulations.

The launch of minimum energy performance is one of the most significant changes to ever happen to the commercial refrigeration sector. As reported by FEJ HERE, however, a ‘leave’ vote in this week’s referendum would place a question mark over the whole technical and policy framework in the UK.

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