Manufacturers responsible for some of the most energy-guzzling refrigeration systems on the market will have to improve their products by up to a third over the next few years if they still want to sell their kit in the EU.
That’s the prospect facing some brands ahead of the introduction of mandatory minimum energy performance standards due into force in July 2016.
Most reputable refrigeration manufacturers are well aware of their obligations and already produce equipment that will fit at the top end of the A+++ to G labelling scale proposed by Brussels policymakers.
But kit that does not comply with the minimum energy prescribed by the G label will not be allowed to be sold into markets such as the UK.
And refrigeration expert Judith Evans, director of Refrigeration Developments and Testing (RD&T), warned that life will only get harder for those that are currently peddling inefficient refrigeration cabinets.
“Minimum energy performance thresholds will become even tougher from 1 July 2018 (when the G band will be removed) and will be further tightened from 1 July 2019 (when the F band will be removed),” she said. “This means that the worst-performing cabinet will have to reduce the energy they use by approximately 26% over the next few years or they will no longer be able to be sold in Europe.”
Evans added that the regulation is positive news for operators, as it will allow them to identify the most energy efficient cabinets on the market via a simple labelling system, similar to the domestic refrigeration sector.
“When the best cabinet could consume less than 10% of the energy of the worst, this has huge potential benefits for end-users who want to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprint,” she said.