Legislation updates

New rules on refrigerated cabinets

From August 15, 2020, the replacement Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards (Refrigerated Cabinets) 2019 will come into force in Australia.

The changes in the 2019 Determination include:

  • The addition of refrigerated storage cabinets, ice-cream freezers and scooping cabinets to the product classes of refrigerated cabinets that are regulated for energy efficiency
  • The assessment of refrigerated cabinet performance using an Energy Efficiency Index (EEI) scale, instead of the traditional minimum energy performance standards
  • The alignment of Australian regulations with international standards and European efficiency levels
  • A revised definition of what constitutes a family of models for refrigerated cabinets and an increase in the maximum number of models permitted in a family of models registration (from 10 to 25)
  • The ability to register low volume/bespoke cabinets, providing an alternative method of demonstrating compliance for refrigerated cabinets that are produced in low quantities and/or cannot be tested in a standard testing facility.

From August 15, 2020, suppliers will be required to register their refrigerated cabinets under the 2019 Determination. 

All existing registrations will be revalidated against the new EEI scale. Any refrigerated cabinets that do not comply with the requirements of the new Determination will be superseded. As a result, these cabinets will no longer be able to be imported into Australia, but existing stock can continue to be sold until the supply of stock in Australia is exhausted.

A list of registrations that do not meet the new requirements as of August 2019 can be found under Schedule 2 of the Determination.

A key focus for the compliance team in 2020 will be with working with suppliers to ensure they understand their obligations under the GEMS Act.

For more information about what these regulation changes will mean for businesses, click here.

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