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Consultation RIS – Refrigerated display and storage cabinets

15 Jul 2016 12:00 AAEST
2 Sep 2016 17:00 AAEST

Consultation overview

This consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) considers policy proposals to improve the average energy efficiency of refrigerated commercial cabinets – namely:

  • refrigerated display cabinets – commercial fridges, including those with transparent doors or lids and drinks chillers, all of which display food for sale
  • refrigerated storage cabinets – a sub-category of commercial cabinets (also known as professional or service cabinets) that are often used behind the scenes in kitchens or by catering companies.

Both refrigerated display and storage cabinets are important in the food sector. They are widely used by a range of companies, from small owner-operated businesses to large companies such as supermarket chains.

This consultation RIS looks at several policy proposals to update and revise the existing Standard to reflect the growing commercial cabinet market.  While the current regulations have gone some way to achieving their objective by promoting and developing more energy efficient commercial cabinets, there is significant scope to simplify and revise the existing requirements to improve energy efficiency and reduce associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Interested parties are asked to provide feedback on the consultation RIS, including responses to the some or all of the questions posed. To help inform feedback, public consultation sessions were held across New Zealand and Australia. These sessions provided an overview of the RIS, additional background information – and an opportunity to discuss the RIS more generally.

Key documents

Consultation RIS – Refrigerated display and storage cabinets (PDF | DOCX).

Consultation RIS – Refrigerated display and storage cabinets presentation (PPTX).

Public consultation meetings

Public consultation sessions were held in:

  • Melbourne (9 August 2016)
  • Sydney, 10 (August 2016)
  • Brisbane (11 August 2016)
  • Auckland (16 August 2016).


The closing date for written submissions was 2 September 2016.

Submissions received

A total of 20 written submissions were received from a variety of manufacturers, industry groups, individuals and others. Fourteen are available to download:

The following also provided submissions, but did not provide permission to publish:

  • ALDI
  • Artisan
  • Cyberchill
  • Hitchon International
  • Skope
  • Williams Refrigeration Australia.