There are just three weeks to go until new EU Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives are due to be implemented – and industry trade body CESA has stepped in to help those in need of a reminder of what it all means by publishing a special regulatory guide.
Energy Labelling and Ecodesign Directives for commercial catering equipment are set to be brought in line with those for domestic appliances from 1 July 2016.
The first category of equipment to be made subject of the new Directives is refrigeration, specifically designated as Professional Refrigerated Storage Cabinets (PRSCs). This covers both counters and single or double upright cabinets.
From July, all PRSCs sold in Europe will have to be tested within the framework of the Ecodesign Directives, and will carry labels displaying their energy efficiency.
CESA’s guide is designed to help buyers of catering equipment understand the new directives. It can be downloaded from the Buyers Guide section of the CESA website, cesa.org.uk.
“Energy efficiency has become a critical issue for catering equipment manufacturers in recent years,” said Simon Frost, chair of CESA. “This new guide provides an understanding and down-to-earth explanations about the new tests and the labelling.
“The Directives will be important for any catering equipment buyer or specifier. They will make it possible to accurately compare running and overall lifetime costs of different models.”
While PRSCs are the first category of equipment to be covered by the new Directives, work has already begun on other refrigeration categories, along with ovens and warewashers. Currently no firm timelines for these new categories have been established.