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Catering industry calls on EU to cut refrigeration testing red tape

Proposals for energy efficiency testing of every fridge variant threaten to create major cost burden

The Catering Equipment Suppliers Assocation has called on the EU to change costly proposals for energy efficiency testing.

CESA is chair of the Technical Committee of the European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers, which raised the fears at a forum to discuss the future development of catering equipment, focusing particularly on refrigerated cabinets, blast chillers and walk-in cold rooms.

The manufacturers say that regulators are calling for all models in all ranges to be tested but that customers are increasingly demanding the supply of custom-built equipment.

Keith Warren, director of CESA said: ““The proposals as they stand could dramatically affect the foodservice industry’s ability to cut energy consumption. They are non-sustainable. Manufacturers’ ability to customise models is an essential requirement in the foodservice sector, due to the varying demands of operators and their site requirements. Some refrigeration companies offer hundreds of different variants.”

Mr Warren said this could be costly for the supply industry: “The latest EU proposals are in the form of an Implementing Measure under the Eco Design Directive. The outcome of the work on commercial refrigeration could place significant development and testing costs on companies, as well as a major administrative burden on technical and testing staff. If they are applied to every model variant, then there is a danger that they will discourage companies from developing the new technologies that are essential if we are to meet sustainability and environmental commitments.”

“EFCEM told the Commission that these issues have to be addressed before the final proposals are agreed. We underlined the need to ensure that legislation and regulations encourage rather than discourage manufacturers to develop energy saving equipment.”


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