Sustainable Professional Refrigerators

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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

Final reports:

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
Small Counter-Top Freezers
(list in progress)
Vertical Chilled Display Cabinets
Horizontal Chilled Display Cabinets
Wine Coolers One Temperature Zone
Wine Coolers Multi Temperature Zones

National best products lists

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How to submit products for Topten

  • Submit the product information to Maike Hepp, gewerbe (at), 0041 44 545 30 99
  • Check energy efficiency criteria (download excel)
  • Overview of Topten selection 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

Rebates in Austria

  • For Topten products up to 30% of the purchase price are reimbursed
  • The invoice must not be older than 6 months
  • The rebate Programme is running from 2.1.2017 until 31.12.2021
  • More infos under this link

Innovative and efficient - award for Europe's best products

In five categories the most energy efficient professional and commercial cold appliances were awarded “ProCold winner 2017” on March 7th during EuroShop 2017 and will be further promoted at Host 2017.

Categories Winners
  1. Vertical chilled storage cabinets
  2. Beverage coolers
  3. Small ice cream freezers
  4. Vertical supermarket refrigerator cabinets
  5. Refrigerated glass fronted vending machines
  1. Gram Superior Pls K 72 G
  2. Liebherr FKDPv 4503
  3. Liebherr GTEP 3302
  4. Carrier Optimer 0948LG R290
  5. Sielaff GF Robimat XM

After many submissions and official laboratory tests the 5 winners can be found here. More infos under this link.

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 Calculation Tool for display products, download Calculation Tool for storage products).

EU Regulations on Energy Labels, Ecodesign and F-Gas

  • Since 1 July 2016, the EU energy label for professional refrigerated storage cabinets is mandatory.
  • An EU energy label for commercial refrigerated display cabinets has been adopted. It will become mandatory on 1st March 2021.
  • Minibars and wine coolers intended for commercial use have been included in the scope of the revised EU energy label for household refrigerating appliances (starting 01.03.2021).
  • Fluorinated refrigerants such as R404A and R134a will be banned for plug-in refrigeration equipment in 2020/2022. This is laid down in the so-called F-Gas Regulation.

Read more on these EU regulations here.

Energy efficiency in the professional cold sector – the EU-project ProCold was pushing the most efficient products for almost three years (2016-2018)

ProCold has proven that manufacturers are willing and able to produce very efficient cold products and that users are in favour of using these products because of their benefits they bring. Thanks to the effort of the project, the topics of energy savings and environmental protection were promoted and established in the market. Read the complete final press release here.

Procurement Guidelines

Topten and ProCold offer procurement guidelines for frontrunner public procurers to help them easily find green products. The criteria can be inserted directly into tendering documents and are available for download in six languages.

Read more here.


ProCold Brochures:

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.

Project partners

f0Z-vWqYhLrg9o_0JFcO2XR5D9ew-tkI.pngThe «ProCold» project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649293.


EU Maike Hepp pro-cold (at) +41 44 545 30 99 (Zurich)

Franz Zach franz.zach (at)
+43 1 586 15 24 120 AEA (Vienna)

Juraj Krivošík seven (at) +420 224 252 115 SEVEn (Prague)

Sophie Attali sattali (at) +33 1 83 94 82 09 Guide Topten (Paris)

Rasmus Priess r.priess (at) +49 761 45 295 264 Öko-Institut e.V. (Freiburg)

Andrea Roscetti andrea.roscetti (at) +39 02 23 993 893 Politecnico di Milano (Milano)

Laura Carvalho topten (at) +35 1 213 462 210 Quercus (Lisboa)

Jesper Peterson jesper.peterson (at)
+46 702 401 722 SSNC (Göteborg)

Maike Hepp gewerbe (at) +41 44 545 30 99 (Zurich)


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.