Stakeholder consultation on possible ecodesign and energy labelling requirements for non-household refrigeration

 

Consultation on Potential Ecodesign Regulations

Page last updated:  July 17, 2014 15:18




This web page has been published by the contractor that carried out the Impact Assessment study on behalf of the European Commission for non-household (professional) refrigeration equipment (DG ENTR Lot 1) between January and September 2012 as well as directly-related additional work between December 2012 and April 2013. Its content does not necessarily reflect the views of the Commission.


The Commission is considering regulatory requirements to regulate the environmental performance of the following five professional refrigeration products:


  1. Condensing units

  2. Industrial process chillers

  3. Blast cabinets

  4. Walk in cold rooms

  5. Non-household refrigerated storage cabinets.


This product group is referred to as ecodesign ‘DG ENTR Lot 1’ and was the subject of an ecodesign preparatory study which was completed in May 2011. The Commission foresees the adoption of new ecodesign regulations or implementing measures under the Ecodesign Directive 2009/125/EC, plus one energy labelling regulation for storage cabinets under Directive 2010/30/EU. Note that the possible regulation regarding high temperature industrial process chillers is proposed to be implemented under the regulation titled ‘Ecodesign requirements for air heating products, cooling products and high temperature chillers’ (which is referred to as Lot 21 and for which a consultation forum was held in Brussels on 25 September 2013).


Please see the website of the European Commission for more information about ecodesign regulations:

http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/policies/sustainable-business/ecodesign/index_en.htm





News update at 22 April 2014 - draft regulations for professional storage cabinets, blast cabinets, condensing units and process chillers (low and medium temperature)


As announced to stakeholders by the European Commission in February 2014, two draft regulations arising from DG ENTR Lot 1 were notified to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in January 2014:


a)  A draft Regulation laying down ecodesign requirements for professional storage cabinets, blast cabinets, condensing units and process chillers, and


b)  A draft Delegated Regulation supplementing Directive 2010/30/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to energy labelling of professional storage cabinets


These are in the framework of the Agreement on the Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) with a final date for WTO comments at 29 March 2014.


The draft Regulations are available on the WTO's and on the Commission's TBT databases:


http://ec.europa.eu/enterprise/tbt/index.cfm?dspLang=en


G/TBT/N/EU/177 (Ecodesign)


G/TBT/N/EU/178 (Labelling):







SEPR calculation methodology documents as at 25 September 2013


In September 2013, the Joint Industry Expert Group (JIEG) has made available further updated versions of the documentation that assists manufacturers, specifiers and other interested parties to understand the way that Seasonal Energy Performance Ratio (SEPR) is calculated. SEPR is the performance metric used for condensing units and for industrial chillers in the proposed regulations. These documents constitute a transitional methodology for use by suppliers (and in due course by enforcement authorities if/when the regulations go ahead) until a harmonised test methodology is adopted that can supersede the transitional method.


These SEPR documents are now available on the DG ENTR web site for Ecodesign Lot 1.






Completed project work on high temperature industrial process chillers and walk in cold rooms, December 2012 to April 2013


Tait Consulting had a short term assignment working with the Center of Energy efficient Systems (CES) of Armines (DG ENER Lot 6 Preparatory study contractor) between December 2012 and April 2013 to assist the Commission with collating further evidence on two products from the ecodesign Lot 1 area. This work was made possible by the support of CLASP Europe:


The final report for this work is available here.  Most of the appendices can be downloaded by clicking here. One of the appendices to the report has been withheld from publication (Annex 7) and one other edited (Annex 6) to protect the confidentiality promised to those kind enough to make available commercially sensitive material. We hope you will understand and respect that necessity.



Archived material from this project remains available below.


  1. 1.Possible minimum performance requirements for high temperature industrial process chillers -
    CONSULTATION WAS OPEN 22 February to 18 March 2013


The main focus for additional evidence is on the possibility of introducing minimum requirements for high temperature industrial process chillers. A consultation and impact assessment study was already carried out during 2012 on the possibility of minimum requirements for high temperature chillers - this project was about refining the evidence for specific thresholds.


The work examined the product performance evidence available on these products and in particular reviewed any issues arising from overlap with any possible future ecodesign regulation affecting air conditioning chillers, due to the possibility of products being subject to both regulations. A meeting with EPEE and some chiller manufacturers who are part of the EPEE Joint Industry Expert Group was held on 14 December 2012 in Brussels and chiller manufacturers were subsequently requested to provide product performance data to enable further analysis. Data was received during January and February from 8 manufacturers covering 53 different chillers and the evidence was analysed, also taking into account the findings of the preparatory study into air conditioning systems (including chillers) under DG ENER Lot 6 (see http://ecohvac.eu/index.html). The analysis of this additional evidence was largely completed during February 2013 and a report drawn up to summarise the evidence and rationale for proposed minimum requirements for high temperature industrial process chillers.


A consultation with a wide range of stakeholders was launched on Friday 22 February 2013 regarding the evidence and proposed minimum requirements. The results of this consultation will help inform Commission decisions during March/April 2013.

We received 13 responses to the consultation: 7 from manufacturers; 4 from national authorities and 2 from independent consultants. A summary of the responses will be made available in due course.




Consultation documents (for reference only - consultation is now closed, but stakeholders may still contact the Commission if they wish):


  1. A.Consultation questionnaire on high temperature industrial process chillers (PDF, also available as a Word document)

  2. B.Annex 1: Transitional Method For Determination Of The SEPR (SUPERSEDED - SEE NOTE ABOVE)

  3. C.Annex 2: SEPR calculation spreadsheet tool for Process chillers (SUPERSEDED - SEE NOTE ABOVE).

  4. D.Annex 3: Summary of supporting evidence (background on product data analysis and justification for thresholds, PDF document, version 1.2 dated 22 February 2013)



Other outputs of this work on chillers are available as below:


  1. E. A discussion document produced to inform the meeting of 14 December 2012 with the Joint Industry Expert Group (JIEG) is available here. The notes of that meeting are available here.

  2. F.After the meeting of 14 December, many chiller manufacturers were invited by the Commission to submit product performance data in accordance with guidance in the letter available here and using the data submission tool available here.

  3. G. A follow up meeting with the manufacturer expert group JIEG was held in Brussels on Tuesday 12 March. At this meeting the evidence that underpinned the proposed performance requirements was discussed - based around the summary of evidence document made available for the consultation during March 2013. Manufacturers were given the opportunity to cross-examine the evidence and provide feedback on any issues arising. Agenda for this meeting is available here; meeting minutes are available here.  


2. Walk in Cold Rooms


A second area of work was on walk in cold rooms to review several issues raised in the Impact Assessment study: in particular regarding the harmonised test methodology for the insulated envelope; system performance metrics; raising standards of installation; stringency of requirements; and to review who in the supply chain takes responsibility for eco-design conformity.  A meeting to discuss these issues was held with manufacturers on 13 December 2012. A discussion document produced to inform that meeting is available here and notification of the meeting was sent to all those stakeholders who registered interest in cold rooms during the impact assessment study project. The notes from that meeting are available here.



If you wish to make comment on any of the product groups, you are invited to contact DG Enterprise: Davide Polverini (davide.polverini@ec.europa.eu). Note: Mr Polverini took over responsibility for this area from Mr Miretti from March 2013.

   

As the process of developing the regulations proceeds to further stages during 2013, it inevitably becomes more difficult to take into account new comments and so submit any additional comments and information as soon as possible.







Previous work on Lot 1 products during January to September 2012


A stakeholder consultation to gather evidence for the Commission’s Impact Assessment for regulations on the first four of these products closed on 10 May 2012 and a consultation on possible requirements for professional storage cabinets closed on 20 July - thank you to all who contributed.


We received the following numbers of consultation questionnaire replies:

  1. Condensing units - 16 replies

  2. Industrial process chillers - 10 replies

  3. Blast cabinets - 13 replies

  4. Walk in cold rooms - 22 replies

  5. Non-household refrigerated storage cabinets - 28 replies

Several supporting papers and other written evidence were also received in addition to the questionnaires. Some additional replies on all product groups were received via the Commission’s European Enterprise Network for SMEs.


Analysis of this information by the impact assessment contractor is now complete and was passed to the European Commission in September 2012.


The final reports of the impact assessment contractor are made available below, as well as many of the appendices to the reports. Some material is withheld from publication by the European Commission (or in some cases names of suppliers or products have been removed) to protect the confidentiality promised to those kind enough to make available commercially sensitive material. We hope you will understand and respect that necessity.


Archived information about the previous closed consultations is also retained below.




Impact Assessment Final Report: Professional storage cabinets


  1. Impact Assessment Report for Professional Storage Cabinets, main text

  2. Appendix 1: Working document for professional storage cabinets as discussed at 19 January 2012 consultation forum (substantially superseded)

  3. Appendix 2: Assumptions and inputs to the model (logic of approach to estimates) (included in report main text)

  4. Appendix 3: Assessing relative stringency of requirements (included in report main text)

  5. Appendix 4: Introductory paper for stakeholder consultation questionnaire -  summary of storage cabinets proposed energy labelling and eco-design requirements (as at early June 2012)

  6. Appendix 5: Stakeholder consultation questionnaire and responses

  7. Appendix 6: Refrigerants and related policy options and issues for Lot 1 products

  8. Appendix 7: Standard Cost Model output table

  9. Appendix 8: ENEA comments on the draft energy labelling and ecodesign measures for professional refrigeration products, 2 July 2012

  10. Appendix 9: Harmonised standard related issues arising from development of regulatory proposals for professional refrigerated storage cabinets

  11. Appendix 10: Electricity Emissions factors (included in report main text)





Impact Assessment Final Report: Walk in cold rooms


  1. Impact Assessment Report for WICR, main text

  2. Appendix 1: Working document for walk in cold rooms as discussed at 19 January 2012 consultation forum (substantially superseded)

  3. Appendix 2: Preparatory notes for Minutes of industry meeting held 1 March 2012

  4. Appendix 3: Minutes of industry meeting held 1 March 2012

  5. Appendix 4: Additional background information for the implementation of eco-design requirements for walk-in cold rooms (WICRs), prepared by JRC – IET on June 5th 2012

  6. Appendix 5: CLASP report - Overview of USA Regulation on Walk‐In Cold Rooms

  7. Appendix 6: WICF EU-U.S. DOE Discussion Minutes (conference call 14 March 2012) WITHHELD FOR CONFIDENTIALITY REASONS

  8. Appendix 7: Refrigerants and related policy options and issues for Lot 1 products

  9. Appendix 8: Assumptions regarding WICR sales, stock and energy consumption (included in report main text)

  10. Appendix 9: Results of research interview with supplier, May 2012 by JRC, Ispra WITHHELD FOR CONFIDENTIALITY REASONS

  11. Appendix 10: SME questionnaire with summary answers

  12. Appendix 11: Key quotes of feedback from consultation forum and other sources up to 29 June 2012 WITHHELD FOR CONFIDENTIALITY REASONS




Impact Assessment Final Report: Industrial Process Chillers


  1. Impact assessment report Chillers - main text (note this is version 1.1b which has minor updates following stakeholder and Commission feedback received during November 2012)

  2. Appendix 1: Working document for process chillers as discussed at 19 January 2012 consultation forum (substantially superseded)

  3. Appendix 2: Summary of sales, stock and other data by chiller category (included in report main text)

  4. Appendix 3: Summary of derivation of estimated COP and SEPR values (average, BAT and minimum requirements), AEC, savings and TEWI (included in report main text)

  5. Appendix 4: Details of proposed minimum requirements and their relative stringency (included in report main text)

  6. Appendix 5: Explanation document for SEPR  (SUPERSEDED - SEE SEPR NOTE ABOVE)

  7. Appendix 6: Consultation questionnaire (stakeholder version)

  8. Appendix 7: Refrigerants and related policy options and issues for Lot 1 products

  9. Appendix 8: Standard cost model outputs




Impact Assessment Final Report: Condensing Units


  1. Impact assessment report for condensing units - main text (note this is version 1.3 which has minor updates following stakeholder and Commission feedback received during November 2012)

  2. Appendix 1: Working document for condensing units as discussed at 19 January 2012 consultation forum (substantially superseded)

  3. Appendix 2: Assumptions and inputs to the model (on COP, SEPR, sales, stock etc) (included in report main text)

  4. Appendix 3: Assessing relative stringency of requirements  (included in report main text)

  5. Appendix 4: Explanatory document on how to calculate SEPR (provided by the JIEG) (SUPERSEDED - SEE SEPR NOTE ABOVE)

  6. Appendix 5: Stakeholder consultation questionnaire

  7. Appendix 6: Refrigerants and related policy options and issues for Lot 1 products

  8. Appendix 7: Standard Cost Model output table




Impact Assessment Final Report: Blast Cabinets


  1. Impact assessment report for blast cabinets - main text

  2. Appendix 1: Working document for blast cabinets as discussed at 19 January 2012 consultation forum

  3. Appendix 2:  Preparatory note on issues for discussion at industry meeting held 2 March 2012

  4. Appendix 3: Minutes of industry meeting held 2 March 2012

  5. Appendix 4: Introductory document for stakeholder consultation questionnaire

  6. Appendix 5: Stakeholder Consultation questionnaire with summary answers

  7. Appendix 6: SME questionnaire with summary answers

  8. Appendix 7: Refrigerants and related policy options and issues for Lot 1 products





Document archive



Non-household refrigerated storage cabinets (consultation closed Friday 20 July 2012)


An informal stakeholder consultation meeting on non-household storage cabinets was held on Tuesday 3 July 2012  in Brussels to discuss the consultation content. Notes on this below.


General introduction document - introduces the process and explains why this product and four other refrigeration products are subject to possible regulation


Summary of the regulatory proposals for non-household refrigerated storage cabinets


  1. Questionnaire and answer sheet for storage cabinets (V1_1 with minor presentational edits and correctly formatted costs in Q17).



Additional detailed information providing further context and explanation of the analysis process (this is provided for interested stakeholders but the Summary document should provide adequate information to answer the questionnaire):


• Annex 1: SEE UPDATE BELOW Normalisation methodology used for the product performance data (V 0.5)

• Annex 2: Comparison of Proposed EU energy labels with those of the voluntary CECED Italia scheme

• Annex 3: Minutes of consultation meeting held with manufacturers in Brussels on 2 March 2012

• Annex 4: Minutes of consultation meeting held with manufacturers in Brussels on 15 May 2012

• Annex 5: Minutes of consultation meeting held with manufacturers in Milan on 28 May 2012 and handout of slides presented on 28 May by J Tait

  1. Annex 6: Scatter plots of product data, regulatory and scheme thresholds from EU, Canada, California and US ENERGY STAR (for comparison).

  2. Annex 7: Report on cabinet mathematical modelling to support the data normalisation process (report by CLASP)



An informal consultation meeting was held on 3 July 2012 in Brussels to discuss the regulatory proposals and help prepare stakeholders to respond to the consultation, as well as to gather initial feedback. 

  1. PDF handout of slides presented by Tait Consulting on 3 July.

  2. Minutes of meeting on 3 July (no comments were received from attendees on the draft minutes).



Update of 17 July 2014 for Annex 1: The final version of the normalisation methodology report is now made available - Performance Data Normalisation Methodology for Professional Storage Cabinets, Version 1, 5 July 2012.



Condensing units (consultation closed 10 May 2012)

The consultation for this product closed on 10 May 2012. This information is retained for interest and comparison only.

General introduction document - introduces the process and explains why this product and four other refrigeration products are subject to possible regulation

Summary of regulatory proposals and background for condensing units

Questionnaire and answer sheet for condensing units

• Annex 1: SEPR calculation method for condensing units (SUPERSEDED - SEE SEPR NOTE ABOVE)

• Annex II: SEPR calculation spreadsheet tool for condensing units  (SUPERSEDED - SEE SEPR NOTE ABOVE)



Industrial Process Chillers (consultation closed 10 May 2012)

The consultation for this product closed on 10 May 2012. This information is retained for interest and comparison only.

General introduction document - introduces the process and explains why this product and four other refrigeration products are subject to possible regulation

Summary of regulatory proposals and background for process chillers

Questionnaire and answer sheet for process chillers

• Annex 1: SEPR calculation method for process chillers  (SUPERSEDED - SEE SEPR NOTE ABOVE)

• Annex II: SEPR calculation spreadsheet tool for process chillers (SUPERSEDED - SEE SEPR NOTE ABOVE)



Blast cabinets (consultation closed 10 May 2012)

The consultation for this product closed on 10 May 2012. This information is retained for interest and comparison only.

General introduction document - introduces the process and explains why this product and four other refrigeration products are subject to possible regulation

Summary of regulatory proposals and background for blast cabinets

  1. Questionnaire and answer sheet for blast cabinets


Walk in cold rooms (consultation closed 10 May 2012)


General introduction document - introduces the process and explains why this product and four other refrigeration products are subject to possible regulation

Summary of regulatory proposals and background for walk in cold rooms

  1. Questionnaire and answer sheet for walk in cold rooms
    (note: Updated to version 1.2 on 24 April 2012 - corrected an ambiguity in Question 18)



Consultation forum of 19 January 2012


These are the working documents from the Consultation forum of 19 January 2012 (note that the draft proposed requirements have substantially changed as a result of stakeholder feedback since these documents were published):


Part 1 - Professional cabinets     (for archive interest only - contains superseded information)

Part 2 - Blast Cabinets     (for archive interest only - contains superseded information)

Part 3 - WICR     (for archive interest only - contains superseded information)

Part 4 - Chillers     (for archive interest only - contains superseded information)

Part 5 - Condensing Units     (for archive interest only - contains superseded information)

Minutes of Consultation Forum held on 19 January 2012 in Brussels to discuss possible ecodesign requirements





Links


DG Enterprise web page on ecodesign of professional refrigeration equipment


Preparatory study on Lot 1 products - final reports