Multifunctional cooking systems specialist Frima is calling for catering equipment manufacturers to join a database that it claims will end any dispute over energy data comparisons once and for all.
The manufacturer insists the German-based HKI Cert database is the authoritative source of comparative energy consumption figures that the industry has been looking for.
The HKI Cert database figures are based on the recent German series of standards, DIN 18873, which relate specifically to measuring the energy use of equipment for commercial kitchens.
DIN, the German Institute for Standardisation, says the standard is intended to give buyers the opportunity to select commercial kitchen equipment which ‘meets their needs and is cost-effective.’
Now Frima is calling on other manufacturers to join the “unbiased” database.
“Every catering equipment buyer wants comparative data on energy consumption, and every manufacturer says they support it — yet not many are putting their money where their mouths are,” said Graham Kille, managing director of Frima UK.
“We joined the HKI database in May 2013, but not enough manufacturers have. In fact, Frima’s is the only multifunction appliance on the website. I can see no reason for manufacturers not to share their energy efficiency information on the HKI database, other than poor performance.”
HKI stands for the ‘Industrial Association for House, Heating and Kitchen Technology’. It is designed to “create a platform for information for the objective comparison of energy-related product data.”
The database is online and available in both German and English versions.
“Lots of manufacturers bemoan the fact that the Energy Related Products (ERP) Directive is taking so long to be implemented,” said Kille. Until it does, which could be many years away for some catering equipment sectors, HKI provides a credible, authoritative alternative.
“The HKI database gives UK catering equipment specifiers, distributors and customers what they want — fair and square comparative consumption figures. It’s time for the catering equipment industry to stand up and be counted.”