Guide to changes in chiller legislation

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Published: 09 November 2017


Temperature control specialist ICS Cool Energy has launched a guide designed to explain the upcoming changes to chiller legislation for  industrial users in the UK.

Significant changes to how industrial cooling systems are specified come into effect from 1 January 2018  and the free guide covers a number of key areas relating to the latest phase of amendments to the European Commission’s EcoDesign Directive. These include a breakdown of the new Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) for both process and comfort chillers, as well as potential Brexit impact, ‘repair’ vs ‘replace’ arguments, and SME financing options for new equipment.
Manufacturers who fail to adhere to the legislative changes when investing in new cooling equipment risk being fined, and having to replace non-compliant equipment installed after 1 January 2018 at their own expense; which is likely to be significant. With the MEPS set to become even stricter in January 2021, fully understanding the implications as early as possible is critical.
 
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However, the changes also present a valuable opportunity for manufacturers to reap the benefits of integrating high-efficiency temperature control equipment into their manufacturing operations, such as lower running costs and reduced CO2 emissions.


Richard Metcalfe, Sales Director at ICS Cool Energy, said: “There is no escaping the fact that manufacturing is an energy-intensive process. While energy consumption may be seen as a necessary evil by some, the fact of the matter is that unless it is controlled, it will have a serious long-term environmental impact.
 
“Process cooling equipment can account for up to 60 per cent of a plant’s total life cycle cost, and this has not gone unnoticed by lawmakers. As such, from 1 January 2018 as part of the latest phase of amendments to the European Commission’s EcoDesign Directive, industrial cooling and refrigeration equipment will be required to meet new, stringent minimum levels of energy-efficiency.
 
“Our new guide aims to demystify the changes in full for UK manufacturers, covering the most important questions, and providing key action points for ease of compliance and minimum disruption to business. With the legislative spotlight well and truly on industrial cooling equipment, now is the time for manufacturers to get to grips with the facts and start planning ahead.”
 
To download a copy of Demystifying the 2018 Changes to Chiller Legislation, click here.