Ecodesign status: Consultation forum and first proposal

Labelling status: Coming products

Lot 12: Commercial refrigerators and freezers

Last updated: 18 November 2014

Consultation forum for commercial refrigerators and freezers was held 2 July 2014.


Requirements for minimum energy efficiency and energy labelling are proposed for the following  categories or segments of equipment:

  • Supermarket segment refrigerated display cabinets
  • Beverage coolers
  • Small ice-cream freezers
  • Soft scoop ice-cream cabinets
  • Refrigerated vending machines

Many of these appliances are used non-stop (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).

An initial preparatory study for Lot 12 was published in 2007 which was subsequently updated by the JRC in 2013/2014. Working Documents for ecodesign requirements and energy labels were discussed at a Consultation Forum on 2 July 2014.

Ecodesign requirements

The proposed regulation includes three tiers, and the exclusion of the less efficient products based on their Energy Efficiency Index (EEI). The proposed time plan is as follows:

  • From 1 January 2017: EEI < 150
  • From 1 January 2019: EEI < 130
  • From 1 January 2021: EEI < 110

Labelling requirements

The proposed energy labelling regulation includes labelling schemes for different product categories within this lot. Energy classes are specified in Annex II and range from G to A.

Related lots

Household refrigerators and freezers (Lot 13) are regulated in by regulations 1060/2010 and 643/2009.

Professional refrigerated storage cabinets (also called service cabinets), treated in ENTR Lot 1, are intended for the storage, but not the sale and display, of chilled and/or frozen foodstuff.

Saving potentials

According to data from the revised preparatory study, energy consumption for this product group could be reduced to 64 TWh/year by 2020 and 30 TWh/year by 2030 (compared to a business-as-usual scenario of 82 TWh/year by 2020 and 88 TWh/year by 2030). This corresponds savings of 18 TWh/year by 2020. Note that the industry association has suggested that the savings from supermarket segment (which account for the majority) are over-estimated by 50%.

Date Process Key documents
2014-06 WD Consultation Forum 2 July

WD ecodesign (doc)
WD labelling (docx)
Explanatory notes (docx)

2014-01 CLASP report, Analysis of EU policy proposals Lot 12

CLASP  report (pdf)

None Study on commercial refrigerators and freezers

 Final report ( pdf)


Archived documents (zip)