E3 is consulting on how to modernise the Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for commercial refrigerators.

This product profile is a report on commercial fridges and freezers known as refrigerated display cabinets and refrigerated storage cabinets (also known as professional cabinets in Europe).

These cabinets are used in supermarkets, bakeries, cafes, bars etc and for catering, to chill food and drink for sale.Some types of refrigerated display cabinets have been regulated for their electricity use since 2004 with Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEPS).

These regulations apply in Australia and New Zealand. But cabinet technology, types, and their efficiencies have outgrown the test conditions and the efficiency levels specified in the standard AS 1731.2003.

Now MEPS needs to be revised.This product profile contains estimates of the installed stock of commercial refrigerators in New Zealand and Australia; annual sales; their energy efficiency and future trends. Reasons why more efficient refrigerators do no™t dominate sales are explored.

Proposed intervention options include: increased MEPs levels, expanding the scope of the regulations to cover a wider range of display cabinets, including storage cabinets. adopting different efficiency conditions eg. the international standard ISO 23953.