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Scoping Study for Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Mapping and Benchmarking Project

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CLASP completed a cooling study in 2011, the first in a series intended to provide an international comparison of energy efficiency performance and policy measures for various appliances. The objectives of these studies are to lay the foundation for strong and comparable energy performance requirements at the global level and to pull the market towards higher levels of efficiency.

In order to maximize efficiency in its studies, CLASP has conducted a scoping study in partnership with Klinckenberg Consultants and Puddle Consultancy to define the work that will be needed for the benchmarking of commercial refrigeration equipment – these include beverage vending machines, walk-in coolers, and reach-in coolers. The study covers the following countries and economies: Australia, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the USA (Federal, California, Washington State).

Mapping and Benchmarking projects can be challenging, and it is often not easy to find an approach that results in information that is directly beneficial to policy makers and program managers in a variety of countries, all at a different stage of development of their S&L policies. Most mapping and benchmarking projects have also experienced challenges due to incomparability of products in different parts of the world, different approaches to testing and lack of or unavailability of critical data.

This report describes the findings of the scoping study. It includes a summary report, which provides an overview of product definitions, main test procedures and comparability issues for the commercial refrigeration products covered, as well as an overview of the needs identified by S&L program managers in various countries. The report further includes three sections providing detailed information on Reach-in coolers (Section A), Cold vending machines (Section B), and Walk-in cold rooms (Section C).


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