Professional Storage Refrigerators

Download full policy recommendations from April 2014 (pdf)

Download slides for short overview of policy recommendations (pdf)


Draft ecodesign and labelling regulations have been sent to the WTO. The vote on ecodesign is taking place on the 28th and 29th April and the proposed label will be discussed.

Topten has looked at the newest proposed ecodesign requirements and energy labelling for professional storage refrigerators and compared the proposals with the best available technology that is on the current Topten product list. The main conclusions are:

Energy Label

1. There are already a few class A+ products on the market (chilled counter and frozen vertical) and class A products in all categories. The proposed label classes are already outdated because they do not allow for showcasing improvements.

2. The limits in the requirements for energy efficiency should match the energy efficiency classes:
(ii) From 1 July 2017: EEI < 95 ......rather than 100
(iii) From 1 July 2019: EEI < 85 .....rather than 90

3. Refrigerator-freezers should be included for energy labelling and minimum energy efficiency requirements.

4. No delay: The timetable from June 2013 should be kept at least for the introduction of the label and stage 1 ecodesign requirements (1st July 2015 instead of 1st January 2016). Manufacturers and other stakeholders have been waiting for the label since 2012 and neutral product information is past due.

Global Warming Potential GWP

5. All one hundred models in the lists use natural refrigerants with global warming potential < 150 (propane/R290 and isobutane/R600a). The professional storage cabinet market is ready to move away from R134a, R404A and other refrigerants that are hazardous to the climate. The ecodesign and labelling regulations should include measures to support this. The revised F-gas regulation alone will have no effect until 2020 / 2022 and then offers easy loopholes.


Geilinger, Michel, Bush, April 2014