In 2020, the Department of Energy (DOE) will begin enforcing its new energy-efficiency standards on walk-in coolers and freezers (WICF). With the compliance deadline now on the horizon, the commercial refrigeration supply chain is taking a closer look at the ruling and preparing for its impacts. Our next E360 Webinar, on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT, will shed light on the details of this rulemaking.
Improving the energy efficiency of refrigeration equipment is a goal shared by most stakeholders in the commercial refrigeration supply chain. But when specific energy reductions are mandated by DOE regulations on a commonly used class of equipment, then these goals take on a much greater sense of urgency. The DOE’s 2020 WICF mandate is no exception.
Generally speaking, the ruling will require 20–40 percent energy reductions in WICFs smaller than 3,000 square feet. But, like many regulations of this kind, when you start digging into the details, you’ll find that they’re complicated and often difficult to interpret.
In our next E360 Webinar, I’ll provide a detailed overview of the DOE’s WICF ruling and discuss how it can impact you — regardless of whether you’re an equipment manufacturer, contractor, end user, design consultant or wholesaler. So, if you’re unsure about how to prepare for compliance or just curious how the ruling may impact you, then be sure to join me on Thursday, Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT for this informative webinar. Attendees will learn:
The full scope of the WICF rulemaking
Definitions of key terms, concepts and language used
Final enforcement dates per equipment category
Examples of WICF system configurations
Required efficiency levels per the Annual Walk-in Efficiency Factor (AWEF) metric
Impacts to various stakeholders throughout the supply chain
How to verify and ensure compliance
As with all E360 Webinars, we will allocate time after the presentation for a question and answer session. To make sure we’re able to address your specific questions, this session will be supported by additional Emerson experts on the DOE WICF regulation, including: Roxanne Scott, senior lead project engineer; and Brian Buynacek, senior consultant. So, register now for this informative webinar and let us help you prepare for the DOE WICF compliance deadline.
Final rulings signify start of next phase of transition
For two years, the commercial refrigeration industry has been reeling from a one-two regulatory punch from the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency. This convergence of aggressive regulations was unprecedented for our industry.
Emerson Climate Technologies recently held its fifth E360 Forum on September 3 in Dallas. The event was attended by more than 120 refrigeration industry constituents, ranging from supermarket, restaurant and convenience store end users to trade media representatives, refrigerant providers and original equipment manufacturers. Coming off the heels of the EPA’s final ruling on refrigerant delisting, it was no surprise that the far-reaching regulatory implications — including the DOE’s energy efficiency measures on walk-ins, reach-ins and ice machines — were main topics of conversations.
What’s Next, and How Will It Affect Your Business?
Dr. Rajan Rajendran, V.P. of System Innovation Center and Sustainability at Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc. recently presented an E360 Webinar that addressed the details of the EPA’s final refrigerant delisting ruling. With more than 500 industry participants in attendance, the 14th Webinar in Emerson’s E360 Webinar series explored the final rule’s short- and long-term impacts on the commercial refrigeration industry. As a nationally recognized expert in refrigerants, Rajan began by demonstrating the global trend toward lower global warming potential (GWP) refrigerants — particularly noting the European Union’s target of phasing down to sub-150 GWP refrigerants in commercial refrigeration applications by 2022.Read more
Countless changes over the last few years have left our industry in uncharted waters. Unlike any time in recent history, we’re confronted with a convergence of regulatory motions and market trends that challenge our basic notions of conducting business. This perfect storm is prompting food retailers and foodservice operators alike to rethink long-held market preconceptions, adapt to changing consumer preferences, and prepare for an uncertain future of EPA and DOE compliance.
There are as many questions as there are answers about how we will weather this storm. That’s why Emerson Climate Technologies created its E360 Forums — to facilitate a dialogue that will answer these questions and help shape the future of HVACR. Our next E360 Forum will take place on Thursday, Sept. 3 at The Westin Dallas Fort Worth Airport in Irving, Texas.
This free, daylong event will feature timely keynote addresses and interactive breakout sessions to allow you to engage in these important discussions. The keynote addresses will provide information about the latest trends and rulings, while the breakout sessions will allow you to share your concerns and get answers to the questions that keep you up at night. Here are just a few of the highlights:
Keynote address: Refrigerant and Energy Regulations Update — As the EPA moves closer to announcing its final rule in refrigerant delisting, Emerson’s Dr. Rajan Rajendran will explain the many potential scenarios and their far reaching implications.
Breakout session, food retail track: Trends in Refrigeration System Architecture & CO2 — Andre Patenaude and Mitch Knapke will explore the trends in supermarket refrigeration system architecture that are helping cut energy consumption and reduce carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e).
Breakout session, foodservice track: Enterprise Management & Communicating Kitchens — Paul Hepperla will lead an informative session on the potential to connect kitchen equipment and enable communication for a variety of benefits.
For more details about E360 Forums, registration information and the complete agenda, please visit our website: EmersonClimate.com/E360. As an industry, we feel it’s important that we address the tough issues head-on today, so that we can collectively create a realistic path for our future. But, to achieve that goal, we need everyone’s contribution. We look forward to you lending your voice to this important dialogue at our E360 Forum in Dallas.
Commercial & Residential Solutions is a global innovator of energy-efficient heating, air conditioning and refrigeration solutions for residential, industrial and commercial applications. www.climate.emerson.com