EU Regulations on Energy Labels, Ecodesign and F-Gas
This page gives an overview of EU regulations concerning plug-in refrigeration equipment such as beverage coolers, ice cream freezers, refrigerated display cabinets, storage refrigerator and freezers, wine coolers, minibars etc.
Storage refrigerators & freezers
The Eco Guide from Electrolux gives a good introduction to the new label.
Requirements for energy efficiency of professional refrigerated storage cabinets:
Heavy-duty cabinets must only meet the first stage of the requirements (since 1 July 2016: EEI < 115).
Refrigerator-freezers and blast cabinets are excempt from the label and do not have to meet any requirements for energy efficiency. But product information concerning energy consumption has to be provided in the instruction booklet and on websites since 1 July 2016:
Document: Commission regulation (EU) 2015/1095
Refrigerated display cabinets
An EU energy label for commercial refrigerated display cabinets is being planned. It will likely be adopted in 2017 and become mandatory in 2018. Next step in policy process: Interservice consultation in fall 2016 (earliest).
Minibars and wine coolers
Minibars and wine coolers intended for commercial use could soon be included in the scope of the revised EU energy label for household refrigerating appliances.
Ban of the refrigerants R404A and R134a in 2020/2022 (F-Gas)
According to EU Regulation No. 517/2014 ("F-Gas Regulation") refrigerators and freezers for commercial use (hermetically sealed equipment) that contain HCFs with global warming potential of 2500 or more will be banned from 1 January 2020 and those that contain HFCs with global warm potential of 150 or more will be banned from 1 January 2022.
All models listed on Topten already use the natural refrigerants R290 (propane), R600a (isobutane) or R744 (CO2) with global warming potential (GWP) below 4.
The global warming potential is 1000 - 4000 times lower than that of previous refrigerants like R134a or R404A.
R404A has a GWP of 3990 and will be banned in 2020 and R134a has a GWP of 1430 and will be banned in 2022.
Document: Regulation (EU) 517/2014
ProCold is an EU-project aiming to improve energy efficiency in plug-in refrigeration equipment and speed up the switch to climate-friendly refrigerants. Objectives of the project: