Energy labels on commercial refrigeration product allow users to compare the energy efficiency of different models – with A+++ being the most efficient.
The energy tests and label grades are based around MEPS – Minimum Energy Performance Standard. Each model sold in the EU and the UK must meet at least a level G in terms of energy performance.
The Foodservice Equipment Association notes that anyone purchasing commercial refrigeration and wanting to compare energy labelling needs to understand what Climate Class means.
Commercial refrigeration is designed to operate in varying climates, in terms of the ambient temperatures and relative humidity (RH) conditions of the room or area where it is sited.
For example, a top-end kitchen cabinet may need to be able to cope with ambient temperatures of 40°C. On the other hand, a grab-and-go drinks cabinet in a coffee shop may never have to work in ambient temperatures above 25°C.
Manufacturers design their models to meet the needs of a specific Climate Class. When buying refrigeration, it’s important to ensure it is designed to operate in the conditions at your site.
A Climate Class 3 fridge will struggle in Climate Class 4 conditions: it will use excess energy and may not hold temperature, compromising food safety and making the operator liable for the consequences.
Where will I find the Energy Label?
The label must be displayed if the product is being shown to a potential buyer, such as in a showroom or at an exhibition.
The distributor or manufacturer is not responsible for fixing the label to the product at the customer ‘s premises – instead it is supplied loose, as it is with domestic products.
The Foodservice Equipment Association notes that equipment dealers are responsible for ensuring that any equipment covered by the Energy Labelling Directive has the label prominently displayed, either on the top or the front of the product.
If it’s not practical to see the label, for example, if the equipment is being sold online, then it must be marketed
with the relevant information. Any advertising, promotional or technical support material covering the product should also include the energy efficiency class of the model.
Foster Refrigerator is the Platinum Partner sponsor of the Refrigeration category of FEJ Kitchen Excellence Week. For information about Foster and its sister company Gamko, call 01553 691122 or visit www.fosterrefrigerator.com