Recommendations Household Refrigeration

Download Topten's policy recommendations for household refrigerators and freezers (January 2018)


The efficiency development of cold appliances over the last 20 years is a success story. Nevertheless, there are still large improvement potentials and the current revision of the Energy Labelling and Ecodesign regulation can support developments towards refrigerators and freezers consuming even less energy.


  • Wine coolers and minibars should remain in the scope of the domestic refrigeration regulations
  • Furthermore, wine coolers and minibars with a transparent door should be covered by the domestic and not by the commercial refrigeration regulations
  • Wine coolers, minibars and professional as well as commercial static air appliances should be explicitly mentioned in the scope of the regulation

Energy Labelling classes and Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)

  • Topten accepts the proposed energy labelling classes and minimum efficiency requirements
  • Topten data shows that the proposed classes are adequately ambitious, as best available technologies can reach the proposed new A class with 21% to 41% efficiency improvements, depending of the type of appliance
  • Energy Labelling classes and minimum efficiency requirements should therefore not be relaxed and the timing for the introduction of the new regulations should be kept as tight as possible

EEI Formula and Compensation Factors

  • Topten welcomes that the new EEI formula is not based on the volume of 10 different categories anymore
  • Unfortunately, there are still many compensation factors that blur the real impact additional features have on the energy consumption of appliances. Topten generally opposes compensation factors, such as the proposed multi-door, the highly increased combi-factor and the discussed factor for glass doors

Resource Efficiency

  • Topten welcomes the first steps made towards integrating resource efficiency requirements into the regulations
  • However, more could have been done such as setting a minimum warranty duration of eight years, asking for an availability of spare parts for priority parts, ensuring standardised access to appliance repair and maintenance information etc.
  • Due to the unknown risks and environmental disadvantages of halogenated hydrocarbons (HFOs), Topten calls for a ban of those substances as refrigerants and foam blowing agents in household refrigerators

January 2018, von Esebeck, Bush