Time Is Running out to Prepare for the Perfect Regulatory Storm

Foodservice OEMs find themselves in the eye of a perfect regulatory storm. On March 27, 2017, Department of Energy (DOE) energy reductions will go into effect on stand-alone commercial refrigeration equipment. Less than two years later, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) SNAP delisting ruling will begin phasing out the common refrigerants R-404A and HFC-134a. This combination is presenting OEMs with unprecedented system design challenges.

What you need to know:
  • Emerson Climate Technologies has the expert resources to ensure compliance
  • OEMs must act now to comply with DOE 30—50 percent energy reduction mandate
  • Non-compliant OEMs assume significant business risks
  • The DOE requires equipment registration in its compliance database
  • OEMs must choose: one design cycle or two
  • Completing the engineering design cycle will take time

Equipment manufacturers who are still offering non-compliant units after March 2017 face the potential for DOE civil penalties. But that’s not all that’s at stake for OEMs. Their inability to develop viable products poses significant long-term business risks, as design consultants and end users will soon be seeking DOE- and EPA-compliant units. The timing of these two regulations presents OEMs with a difficult choice: either deal with each regulation separately or combine efforts to comply into a single design cycle.

We’re Here to Help OEMs

The clock is ticking to achieve DOE compliance, but Emerson Climate Technologies is here to guide you through this difficult transition. For more information on how we can help and what you need to consider, check out our Compliance Countdown section.

Emerson Climate Technologies Has the Expert Resources to Ensure Compliance

If you’re an OEM who hasn’t begun to think about DOE compliance, we are here to help guide you through this rapid transition. No two systems are alike, and we understand that achieving compliance is more than just changing the engine under the hood — it’s about looking at the efficiency of the whole system, from doors, lighting and insulation to controls and compressors. Our Design Services Network offers the certifications and accreditations to ensure your equipment is compliant, including: UL and EPA approved as a third party test lab, fully accredited with ISO 17025, and approved by the California Energy Commission.

For years we’ve been developing the next generation of DOE- and EPA-rated and certified components across our complete product portfolio. We have specific products that meet these requirements, including: Copeland Scroll™ line expansions to include smaller displacements, horsepower and capacities; high-efficiency hermetic and semi-hermetic reciprocating compressors in fractional horsepower that deliver double-digit energy efficiency gains; and condensing units designed to maintain existing stand-alone footprints.

Most important, we have the breadth of products, knowledge and resources to help you address each regulation separately or combine into a single design cycle.

OEMS Must Act Now to Comply With DOE Energy Reduction Mandate

Effective March 27, 2017, the DOE will impose a 30–50 percent reduction in energy consumption on reach-in, stand-alone commercial refrigeration equipment, as measured in kWh per day. As the next significant regulation to impact the commercial refrigeration market, this deadline will catch many OEMs ill-prepared to meet the stricter standard. The clock is quickly ticking down to achieve compliance, but it’s not too late. We can help you achieve certification.

Non-compliant OEMs Assume Significant Business Risks

OEMs who offer non-compliant reach-in units after the March 2017 deadline face the potential for DOE civil penalties. Historically, the DOE has aggressively enforced compliance certifications; it’s safe to assume the same will be true with this major reduction in energy consumption. Design consultants and end users will soon be seeking DOE-compliant units, and OEMs who haven’t developed viable products for the marketplace face significant short- and long-term risks to their business.

DOE Requires Equipment Registration in Compliance Database

All reach-in equipment is required to be listed in the DOE’s compliance certification management system (CCMS). This database is essentially a record of the baseline energy consumption of equipment prior to making the mandated design changes to achieve efficiency. Manufacturers that have not listed their equipment in the database face potential retroactive fines dating back to 2015. Before beginning the design cycle, your first step is to determine your current baseline energy consumption and register impacted equipment into the CCMS database.

OEMs Must Choose: One Design Cycle or Two

If meeting DOE energy regulations wasn’t challenging enough, the EPA will be phasing out many of the industry’s most commonly used refrigerants starting in 2019. This will force the commercial refrigeration industry and its OEMs to soon make the transition from R-404A and HFC-134a to an EPA-approved, low-global warming potential refrigerant alternative. The timing of these two regulations presents foodservice OEMs with a critical design choice: either approach each regulation separately or combine compliance of both regulations into a single design cycle. Our Design Services Network can help you make the right decision.

Completing the Engineering Design Cycle Will Take Time

With only months left until the DOE compliance deadline, OEMs will need to begin the engineering design cycle immediately. But design is only the first step. OEMs will also need to allot the required laboratory time to thoroughly test their units for requisite UL and NFC certifications, and make the necessary design adjustments to achieve DOE compliance.

The countdown to compliance has started!
If you want to achieve DOE compliance by March 27, you will need to begin the design cycle immediately.
Contact us to begin the certification process today.