Minimum energy performance standards are soon to be a reality in the refrigeration sector, but the next 12 months are also poised to see important developments in the warewashing market for the same reasons.
Consultations have already begun in relation to the dishwasher aspect of the European Union’s Energy Related Products Directive, aimed at regulating minimum energy standards.
While there is still a long way to go before legislative measures come into force, warewashing manufacturers eventually expect it to have a significant impact on designs.
The European Federation of Catering Equipment Manufacturers’ (EFCEM) Technical Committee, which is chaired by CESA, is working with the EU Commission on the directive.
The key issues in terms of establishing benchmark standards for dishwashing are functionality, hygiene and energy efficiency. The dishwasher regulations are due to be published in 2015.
Nick Oryino, chairman of CESA, says that EFCEM will be collating the input of manufacturers to provide effective representation in Brussels and with national authorities and governments, adding that national legislation and local requirements will be recognised as part of the process.
He said: “In the UK we already have a FSA study underway in relation to cross-contamination issues. It is going to be a very complex task for the Commission to accommodate all of the issues relating to warewashing. What must not be compromised is the need for the equipment to fulfil its primary role of effectively cleaning product in the appropriate timescales. Many manufacturers have invested heavily in technological advances over recent years, which have already improved the performance of equipment.”