Brexit puts Ecodesign regulations at risk

The UK’s exit from the EU could have severe consequences for the catering equipment industry.

The UK’s decision to exit the EU today could have unfortunate repercussions for the catering equipment industry.

With refrigeration manufacturers investing much money, time and effort to ready their cabinets for the EU Ecodesign energy efficiency labelling regulations, due to come into force on 1 July, the referendum result could mean that commercial refrigerators sold in the UK may not have to meet these requirements.

Furthermore, any more prospective minimum energy performance regulation introductions for categories such as cooking equipment may not ever have to apply in this country.

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Speaking to our sister magazine, Foodservice Equipment Journal, earlier this week, CESA director, Keith Warren, said of the Brexit scenario: “The UK will need to follow EU requirements, but it will not have a seat or a vote to be able to influence them.

“The international climate change conference agreed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C and the UK is part of the agreement – whether in or out.”

For more details on industry opinion on Brexit, see the full FEJ story here.

When Catering Insight questioned British manufacturers about the impact of Brexit, their opinions were mixed. See the full article here.

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