Sustainable Professional Refrigerators

Tools and information for buyers and suppliers

ProCold is an EU-project aiming to improve energy efficiency in plug-in cabinets and speed up the switch to climate-friendly refrigerants. There is an energy saving potential of around 50%.
The project provides help for manufacturers, suppliers, food and beverage companies, retailers, gastronomy, hotels, public authorities, media and other stakeholders.

Objectives of the project:

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

Best products lists shows Europe's best-in-class professional refrigerators

Storage Counter Refrigerators
Storage Refrigerators 1-Door
Storage Refrigerators 2-Doors
Storage Counter Freezers
Storage Freezers 1-Door
Storage Freezers 2-Doors
Storage Refrigerator-Freezers
Beverage Coolers
Ice Cream Freezers
Horizontal Display Freezers
Vertical Freezers With Glass Doors
(list in progress)
Small Counter-Top Freezers
(list in progress)
Vertical Chilled Display Cabinets
Horizontal Chilled Display Cabinets
(list in progress)
Wine Coolers One Temperature Zone
Wine Coolers Multi Temperature Zones

National best products lists

European Topten Map

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How to submit products for Topten

  • Submit the product information to Eva Geilinger, gewerbe (at), 0041 44 362 92 38
  • Overview of criteria and accepted testing standards (download PDF)

Rebates in Switzerland

  • For Topten products 25% of the purchase price are reimbursed
  • The appliance must be located in Switzerland
  • More infos under

Award for Europe's best products

In five categories the most energy efficient professional and commercial cold appliances will be awarded by a representative of the European Commission during EuroShop 2017 and further promoted at Host 2017.

Categories Important Dates
  1. Vertical chilled storage cabinets
  2. Beverage coolers
  3. Small ice cream freezers
  4. Vertical supermarket refrigerator cabinets
  5. Refrigerated glass fronted vending machines
Publication of competition rules: 15 January 2016
Deadline for submission: 30 September 2016
Award ceremony at EuroShop between 5 - 9 March 2017
Host 20 - 24 October 2017

Submission and more infos here.

CO2 Calculator

This excel tool is easy to use and calculates CO2 savings as well as energy and cost savings of Topten models compared to other products (download excel).


ProCold Brochures:

ProCold Green Procurement:

ProCold Factsheet:

Smart Controls for Beverage Coolers Reduce Energy Costs by 15-45%

ATMOsphere Europe 2016:

Eva Geilinger: Marketing and green procurement tools for commercial plug-in refrigerators: The EU Horizon 2020 project 'ProCold'. Link to presentation or PDF download.

EEDAL 2015:

Eva Geilinger and Eric Bush: Commercial and Professional Refrigeration Products: Promoting Energy Efficiency with Legislation, Empowered Stakeholders and Rebates. Paper and presentation.

EU regulations

Storage refrigerators & freezers

From 1 July 2016, the EU energy label for professional refrigerated storage cabinets will be mandatory. It will show:

  • the energy efficiency class,
  • the annual electricity consumption in kWh per year,
  • the sum of the net volumes of all chilled compartments functioning at chilled operating temperature,
  • the sum of the net volumes of all chilled compartments functioning at frozen operating temperature,
  • and the climate class (3, 4 or 5) together with the associated dry bulb temperature (in °C) and the relative humidity (in %).

Document: Commission delegated regulation (EU) 2015/1094

The Eco Guide from Electrolux gives a good introduction to the new label.

Requirements for energy efficiency of professional refrigerated storage cabinets:

  • From 1 July 2016: EEI < 115
  • From 1 January 2018: EEI < 95
  • From 1 July 2019: EEI < 85
Heavy-duty cabinets must only meet the first stage of the requirements (from 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 will have to be provided in the instruction booklet and on websites from 1 July 2016:
  • For refrigerator-freezers: the complete set of specifications (see in original document below) except not the EEI but instead the indicative daily energy consumption
  • For blast cabinets: the full load capacity of the cabinet (kg), the standard temperature cycle (from X°C down to X°C in X minutes), its energy consumption (kWh per kg) and type, name and GWP of the refrigerant

Document: Commission regulation (EU) 2015/1095

Policy overview and comments in the Policy Recommendations

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).

Comments in the Policy Recommendations

Minibars and wine coolers

Minibars and wine coolers are labelled with the same EU energy label as household refrigerating appliances.

Project partners


The «ProCold» project has received funding from the
European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme
under grant agreement No 649293.


EU Eva Geilinger pro-cold (at) +41 44 362 92 38 (Zurich)
Austria Christof Horvath christof.horvath (at)
+43 1 586 15 24 120 AEA (Vienna)
Czech Republic Juraj Krivošík seven (at) +42 224 252 115 SEVEn (Prague)
France Sophie Attali sattali (at) +33 1 83 94 82 09 Guide Topten (Paris)
Germany Rasmus Priess r.priess (at) +49 761 45 295 264 Öko-Institut e.V. (Freiburg)
Italy Andrea Roscetti andrea.roscetti (at) +39 02 23 993 893 Politecnico di Milano (Milano)
Portugal Laura Carvalho topten (at) +35 1 213 462 210 Quercus (Lisboa)
Sweden Jesper Peterson jesper.peterson (at)
+46 702 401 722 SSNC (Göteborg)
Switzerland Eva Geilinger eva.geilinger (at) +41 44 362 92 38 (Zurich)

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The sole responsibility for the content of the «ProCold» project lies with the authors. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union. Neither the EASME nor the European Commission and the project partners are responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.