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Market surveillance on professional refrigeration (GEN – 1094.00)

13 March 2020

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Market surveillance on professional refrigeration (GEN – 1094.00)

13 March 2020

2 min read

GEN – 1094.00. Within the EEPLIANT2 project, a number of Market Surveillance Authorities (MSAs) monitored and verified in a coordinated manner the conformity of 64 Professional Refrigerated Storage Cabinets with the Ecodesign Regulation 2015/1094 and Energy Labelling Regulation 2015/1094. Seven penalties were imposed, and products were removed from the market.

Market Surveillance

The national market surveillance programmes submitted by the Member States to the European Commission tend to be weak regarding compliance with the Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Regulations.

In general, Member States refer to their participation in activities funded by the European Commission.

These programmes aim to improve the cooperation between MSAs and to introduce common interpretation of regulations and standards to support out the surveillance of specific products. EEPLIANT, EEPLIANT2 and EEPLIANT3 are such programmes.

EEPLIANT2 ran from 2017 to 2019 and looked at appliances on network standby, household refrigeration appliances and professional refrigeration products.

The results from the EEPLIANT2 inspection and testing activities revealed high levels of non-compliance across all three product groups targeted. That said, the non-compliance rates described for the individual product categories are not necessarily representative of the situation on the market owing to the risk-based method also used by the participating Market Surveillance Activities to target products alongside random sampling.

Professional refrigerated storage cabinets

EEPLIANT2 reviewed the technical documentation of 64 professional cabinet refrigerators. Technical documentation review included over 50 parameters and authorities requested changes to declared data (including label classes and duty ratings) in 40% of reviewed cases. 29 models were tested in an independent certified laboratory.

In Technical documentation checks only 10% of cases passed in every respect. The majority of failures were due to failing to provide simple specified information: nearly half failed to state the refrigerant charge; 40% failed to state precautions to optimise energy efficiency; several did not declare the kWh/day energy consumption value.

For lab testing, 79% of models tested failed in a significant respect. For 15 cabinets (52%), the measured energy consumption was higher than that declared by more than the prescribed verification tolerance. Over half were found to have a measured internal volume significantly smaller than the declared value.

Enforcement actions are on-going against non-compliant products; several models have already been removed from the market and 7 penalty fines were imposed.

Recommended Actions

The outcome of projects like EEPLIANT show that manufacturers should carefully read, analyse the regulations and bring products to the market that are compliant.

Products subject to energy labelling must figure in the European Product Register Energy Labelling (EPREL).  In future, datamining of the EPREL database is likely to show up inconsistencies with regulations, hence it will be necessary to ensure that the published values are correct (see also GEN – 1089.00).

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