With the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling legislation due to come into force today, Hoshizaki Gram UK has released details of their newly classified energy labelling for their range of refrigeration products covered by the new regulations.
Domestic consumers of refrigeration equipment will be familiar with the coloured labelling on products from A to G or from A+++ to G, where A (or A+++) is best and manufacturers of professional refrigeration equipment must now follow suit.
The new test standard EN16825 requires manufacturers of professional refrigerated storage units (solid-door cabinets and solid-counter top counters) to adhere to Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPs) and to display the results of these tests (based on the MEPs) on their equipment from Friday.
The MEPs are the standards that all products sold in the EU must pass. They must have at least a ‘G' energy label and if they do not achieve a minimum of ‘G' by Friday 1 July they cannot be sold on the market.
In spite of the recent EU referendum vote, manufacturers and suppliers The Caterer has spoken to believe that this legislation remains essential if energy reduction levels (the purpose of the Ecodesign legislation) are to be achieved and for the UK to continue to trade at a global level.
Glenn Roberts, managing director of Hoshizaki Gram UK, said: "Even though we are now technically leaving of Europe, nothing changes. If you are a refrigeration manufacturer in the UK who exports to Europe and you want to continue selling into Europe then you will have to conform to this legislation. Every other supplier who is buying refrigeration equipment from Europe and selling it in the UK or Europe will also have to conform.
"You could manufacture in the UK and sell only inside the UK and outside of Europe but those other countries will still want the MEP Energy Labelling because the European manufacturers will be doing it with the new labelling and the new standards. The UAE have been asking us for energy labelling for over a year - it's a recognised label."
The new energy labels will also incorporate the suppliers name; the product/model designation; whether it's a fridge; temperature range; the tested and approved energy class; the net volume of the unit; the annual energy consumption in kWh (AEC); and, crucially for professional users, the temperature class of the equipment - with number three being for use at 25°C / 60% relative humidity (RH) and determined ‘Light Duty', four being for use at 30°C / 55% RH and determined ‘Normal Duty' and five being for use at 40°C / 40% RH and determined as ‘Heavy Duty'.
A snapshot of Hoshizaki Gram UK's range of refrigeration equipment under the new legislation includes:
Manufacturers and suppliers now have a two-month grace period to submit their Energy Labelling classifications, prior to equipment being de-classified for sale, without passed test certificates and or classification below a ‘G' label.
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