The website of the Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment (SEAD) Initiative

Commercial refrigeration equipment accounts for approximately four percent of total commercial building energy consumption. Preliminary analysis indicates that approximately 90 TWh of final energy and 39 million metric tons of CO2 emissions can be saved in 2030 by adopting the world’s best efficiency standards in participating Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) economies. To date, more than 30 economies around the world have developed minimum efficiency standards or labeling programs for commercial refrigerators and freezers.

SEAD, in collaboration with Mark Ellis and Associates, Tait Consulting Limited, and CLASP, has published a "Technical Evaluation of National and Regional Test Methods for Commercial Refrigeration Products". This study assesses the differences between the test methodologies used to measure the energy performance of four categories of commercial refrigeration in SEAD participating countries/regions and other relevant economies. In addition, the study examined the differences in coverage, definitions, and metrics between the energy efficiency programs in these countries for the same set of products.



Standards & Labeling: The S&L working group has initiated an international collaboration of technical and policy experts in commercial refrigeration energy efficiency. This collaboration is intended to promote alignment and improvements in the scope and stringency of international standards and labeling programs. The effort is currently led by Korea with participation from Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Procurement: The procurement working group, in partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, is working with private sector companies and public agencies to issue a procurement challenge to accelerate the development and market availability of super-efficient commercial refrigeration products.

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Resource Summary: Commercial Refrigeration Resource Summary

This Product-specific Resource Summary is a working document meant to catalog publically-available information relevant to the development of standards and labels. This document will be updated frequently as new information becomes available.

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