What do new EU laws mean for your commercial kitchen?

Britain may be leaving the EU, but manufacturers selling refrigeration equipment into Europe will need to follow a new set of laws. They must comply with new Minimum Equipment Performance Standards.

What are the standards?

A test standard has been introduced for the Ecodesign and Energy labelling legislation, which requires all manufacturers to display test results on their refrigeration products. Products are rated from A++ to G++, depending on their energy efficiency. All products must have at least a G rating to be sold in Europe. Sellers purchasing equipment in Europe and selling in the UK must also adhere to the rules.

Meeting the standards

The legislation came into effect on 1st July 2015 and aims to stop manufacturers from using fluorinated greenhouse gases. Instead, they are encouraged to use refrigeration products with hydrocarbon, which protects the environment.

KItchens will need to start purchasing larger refrigerators to improve their score. More space means better energy efficiency. Small kitchens with limited space may have issues with finding refrigerator products to fit their needs. Companies can find commercial kitchen equipment online, at places such as

The temperature of the equipment is now indicated by a small box with a house icon. It will show a score of Relative Humidity, Light Duty or Heavy Duty. Dealers should ask customers what the temperature in their environment is like. Most commercial kitchens will have normal humidity (Light Duty). The temperate class, service warranty and long-term costs should all be factors that the customer thinks about before buying a refrigerator. Keeping cold rooms is important to lower energy costs.

The EU Eco Directive is a step forward in making sure the environment is protected against harmful gases and poor energy usage. Energy efficiency has become a focus for people in the UK and Europe, due to rising heating bills. The National Regulations and Measurement Office will conduct spot checks in the future, to ensure all equipment meets these standards and the rating of products is accurate.

In the near future, we’ll most likely see smaller manufacturers commit to improving their products and it’s likely that larger manufacturers will make huge advances in sustainable refrigerators. Equipment will have longer warranties, a more stable temperature and have a lower long-term cost.