PROPOSED regulations could radically alter aspects of retail refrigeration in the next few years, says Nigel Bell, chairman of Adande Refrigeration.
“Scheduled for introduction in January 2017, the regulations place a responsibility on manufacturers to test cabinets to the industry standard EN23953, the updated version of which will be published in 2016,” he explained.
Suppliers will have to confirm units meet minimum energy efficiency standards and label them with official CE labels. From January 2017, refrigerated display cabinets failing to meet the minimum energy efficiency standards will not be approved for use in European Union countries. More stringent minimum energy efficiency requirements will follow in 2019 and again in 2021.
And the refrigeration chief argued it was becoming acknowledged that fridges with doors are not an energy-saving panacea and that high-traffic areas could be better served by efficient open-deck equipment.
Adande has developed the Aircell airflow management system for open-front, refrigerated multi-deck cabinets, to deliver energy savings, temperature stability and improved customer comfort levels, he said.