Envirofoam’s energy savings score big time with EU regulations
As consumers, we are all getting used to seeing energy ratings on many electrical products and other goods. Ovens, light-bulbs, dishwashers, televisions and cars are among some of the products that are energy rated and tend to display the familiar A-G rating card. As discussed previously, some commercial refrigeration units will be covered by a new scheme aimed at providing clear evidence of low energy products. The EU Commission will publish in Q2 2016 the regulation on energy labelling related to refrigerated commercial display cabinets. The regulation aims to guide the market towards more efficient equipment, beyond the minimum values laid down in the Ecodesign measure. The Commission will also publish a Regulation under directive 2009/125/EC with regard to ecodesign requirements for refrigerated commercial display cabinets. The target date is Q3 2016.
Allied to this scheme, and of great importance to prospective purchasers, is the governments Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme. This plan enables businesses to claim 100% first-year capital allowances on qualifying capital equipment. To qualify for ECAs, equipment must meet stringent thresholds for the use of energy and be independently tested and certified as such. By investing in qualifying equipment, retailers can write off the whole of the capital cost of their investment against taxable profits of the year in which the investment was made.
A list of qualifying products is given on the Energy Technology List and includes a number of commercial refrigeration devices. Clearly, certain technical aspects of the appliances are fundamental to achieving ECA approval. These include maximizing airflow, the use of low energy consuming components and highly efficient insulation. There is no doubt that supermarkets will continue to place emphasis on well-designed refrigerated display cabinets and manufacturers will be required to constantly improve their products in order to meet the changing and more demanding future requirements.
As suppliers of insulation chemicals, IFS continues to remain at the forefront of developments in this area. Their two-part Envirofoam grade is both efficient and environmentally acceptable, as it contains chemicals derived from a renewable, vegetable source and contains no CFC, HCFC or HFC blowing agents. It is, for example, the material of choice for the Bond Group, one of Europe’s most prestigious manufacturers of supermarket display cabinets. Their top quality products have been supplied to Sainsburys, Iceland, Marks & Spencer, Waitrose, Morrisons, Asda and Spar. Furthermore, many of their models are approved to the ECA scheme and are registered on the Energy Technology List. Bond and IFS will continue to work closely together to ensure that supermarkets continue to have the best and widest choice of high performance appliances for their stores.