Recommendations Refrigerated Display Cabinets

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The European Commission is currently planning ecodesign requirements and an energy label for commercial refrigerated display cabinets. The final vote is planned to take place before the end of 2018. Recognizing that a swift adoption of the regulations is of the highest priority, we recommend to make small adjustments now, and include other important issues in article 7 "Review". They can be addressed during the first review of the regulations (5 years after coming into force). We make the following recommendations:

  1. Important aspects to preserve in the regulations
    • Tiers of minimum performance requirements
    • Inclusion into the scope of serve-over counters, roll-in and semi-vertical cabinets
    • Transparent energy efficiency index (EEI) formula, minimal segmentation of product categories
  2. (Small) aspects to adopt now
    • Not only one but two empty top classes (B and A) reserved for future innovation
    • Inclusion into the scope of vertical static-air cabinets for sale/display
    • Label shown for any form of distance selling, advertisements and technical promotional material, and explicitely also at trade fairs, not only when there is price-related or energy-related information
  3. Aspects to include in article 7 "Review"
    • Reassessment of reference values for the calculation of the SAEC for all covered product types
    • Revision of whether the total display area (TDA) parameter used to calculate the EEI unintentionally leads to bigger glass areas


Topten is an EU-project aiming to improve energy efficiency in household and professional appliances and speed up the switch to climate-friendly refrigerants. Objectives of the project:

  • Showcasing best products
  • Supporting green procurement
  • Helping to implement effective policies

Hepp, Rochat, Bush, September 2018