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EPA announces new requirements for commercial units

Glass door refrigerators and freezers to be 33 per cent more efficient

The US Environmental Protection Agency has announced new guidelines for commercial refrigeration units used in convenience stores, supermarkets and restaurants.

The agency says the Energy Star requirements for commercial refrigerators and freezers, will lead to an average 33 per cent more energy efficiency than standard models.

It added: “If all commercial refrigerators and freezers sold in the United States meet the new Energy Star specification, the energy savings would grow to $275 million (£188 million) per year.”

The requirements are effective 1 January 2010, the same date that new federal standards take effect.

Products covered by the Energy Star commercial refrigerators and freezers specification are glass door refrigerators and freezers.