Ecodesign and Energy Labelling: Ready to Start


From the 1st of March 2021, the new EU Energy Labelling (EU) 2019/2018 and Ecodesign (EU) 2019/2024 regulations come into life, establishing the rules for the application of the regulatory requirements for refrigerating appliances with a direct sales function. EU energy labeling rules aim to make appliances more energy-efficient and help the EU become climate-neutral. Both regulations are indirectly intended to promote innovation among producers, to reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact of refrigeration equipment, enhancing the performance of the solutions.

Energy labelling – what to know

In the new energy label, there is an A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) energy classification of the products. To avoid confusion, classes with A+, A++, and A+++ will not be used anymore. In the initial scenario, classes A and B are expected to be empty, to guide the market towards innovation to increase the efficiency of the products. It is therefore important to clarify that buying a C class refrigerated cabinet in 2021 means having chosen the most efficient product.

Another important thing is that there are objective measurements with tests performed in certified laboratories. The tests will determine the information indicated on the label. The labels will give information on annual energy consumption, the volume or display areas of the compartments, and the temperature of the compartments.

Also, there is a QR-code on the top-right corner of the label to make the lookup of further information on the EPREL database easier. Consumers will be able to access more information about the product by scanning the QR code with a smartphone.

Furthermore, the pictograms on the bottom of the label are indicated to give clearer visual information to the consumers.

The European Commission’s EPREL system (EU Product Database for Energy Labeling) is an EU-wide online database, where all products are registered before placing them on the EU market. This will help provide consumers with additional information about products by scanning the QR code on each label and to ensure a more effective compliance control by market surveillance authorities.

Manufacturers have to provide all products placed on the EU market with a printed new design energy label and also make available product information. Distributors are obliged to apply the labels provided by the manufacturer to all products sold and displayed, including in trade shows.

Ecodesign for a circular economy

The EU legislation of Ecodesign sets the minimum efficiency requirements for the products that will be placed on the market, and introduces new measures, including requirements of making spare parts more easily replaceable, and ensuring that key parts and repair and maintenance information are available for end-users and professional repairers for a minimum duration of 8 years depending on the product. The goal is to enhance the reparability and recyclability of appliances which is a cornerstone of the EU’s circular economy agenda and long-term climate goals.

All the refrigerated display equipment will have to apply to these EEI (energy efficiency index) norms:
Starting March 2021: EEI < 100
Starting September 2023: EEI < 80

Challenges for the regulation application for commercial refrigeration products

The application of the regulation for commercial refrigeration raises certain challenges, as the commercial refrigeration equipment is generally customized according to customer specifications, and supplied in a vast number of models (configurations, size, geometry, accessories, etc.).

For this reason, Eurovent association issued a guide Eurovent Recommendation 14/6 – 2020 “Interpretation of Regulation (EU) 2019/2018 and of Regulation (EU) 2019/2024”, published on December 2nd, 2020, providing a set of rules and instructions to close the gap between the obligations of the regulations and the vast number of refrigerated display showcase models available.

How is FREOR prepared to adapt to new regulations?

FREOR has been intensively preparing for the new requirements. Our R&D department was focusing on energy-efficient and sustainable models or our products for several years already, so were our product component suppliers. We already have tested a range of our refrigeration products, and currently are equipping the brand new test laboratory at our new factory, where the energy consumption of commercial refrigerated display cabinets will be measured according to the EN23953 test standards. Furthermore, we are currently working on building an online document system and will launch soon.


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Brief description of the FREOR safety policy

FREOR cares about its customers’ privacy and makes sure that their personal data is safe:

  • Information about FREOR customers are not used for unlawful purposes;
  • FREOR does not transfer their customers’ data or personal information to third persons.

What information do we collect?

FREOR collects the following information:

  • Information about visits of the website users to the FREOR website and the usage of the website. We collect IP address, duration of visit, number of page views, type of browser, and geographical location;
  • Information that website visitors provide in order to subscribe to the FREOR newsletters. E-mail address is collected, as well as the following data: name and surname, company, e-mail address, phone number, job title, and country.

Traffic statistics of the website

FREOR seeks to keep the FREOR website as simple to use as possible and the relevant information more easily accessible. In order to find out what information is most relevant to the visitors of the website, FREOR collects demographic and statistical data. This information does not identify a specific person but provides statistical information that FREOR can analyse and then apply for improving the functionality of the website or use the data for marketing purposes.

FREOR collects this information using the Google Analytics tool that generates statistical and other website usage information. The information is stored by Google Inc. (USA company). Google EU-USA privacy policy is available here.

You can disable the feature of data collection on Google Analytics at any time as described here.

FREOR notifications and newsletters

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Having sent a notification, FREOR may collect statistical data about your behaviour with regard to the newsletter, for instance, whether you have opened the e-mail, what links you clicked on, what device you used, etc. FREOR does this by using cookies (provided that you give consent). In order to improve the communication, FREOR monitors communication efficiency statistics.

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The server hosting the FREOR website may also record enquiries that you submit to the server (address of the website that you are opening, device and browser that you use, your IP address and login time). This data is used for technical purposes only in order to ensure proper and safe functioning of the website.


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One the pieces of statistical information crucial to FREOR is the return visitor rate. FREOR uses this data to analyse visitor behaviour and to enhance the experience of visiting the site. To track repeated visits, the FREOR website uses cookies. The cookies are installed and used with a help of the Google Analytics tool.

Cookies are installed on your device only upon your consent, except for cookies that are required solely for ensuring technical functioning of the website. It should be noted that if you do not grant the website the right to use cookies, some of the website’s features may partially not operate.

How to manage cookies?

You can delete or manage cookies at any time; besides, most browsers allow you to disable installation of cookies. However, if you do that, some of the services and features may not work. More information is available here.

Who has access to your data and for how long it is stored

Statistical data about visitors to the FREOR website may be accessed by the FREOR employees working in marketing and commercial divisions that are responsible for data analysis and development of the website. Access to technical records may also be granted to FREOR partners that provide website content management tools or hosting services of the FREOR website. We responsibly protect the collected data about the visitors of the website from loss or unauthorised use.

FREOR uses the collected data for analysis for up to three years.