ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service Newsletter Summer 2017

Fall 2017 Specification Updates

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regularly updates ENERGY STAR product specifications. The following information includes some helpful reminders as you prepare for upcoming specification changes and manage your inventory of ENERGY STAR certified products.

Recent and upcoming specification activities include:

  • ENERGY STAR Commercial Ice Makers V3.0: Becomes effective on January 28, 2018. Products not certified to Version 3.0 will be removed from the ENERGY STAR Product Finder on January 28, 2018. Partners are encouraged to work with their Certification Bodies to ensure products are certified prior to the effective date. More information can be found here.
  • ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwashers V3.0: EPA launched the specification revision and published a Discussion Guide on July 14, 2017. Comments and data were due to on October 15, 2017. More information can be found here. Please stay tuned for more updates on this specification revision.

For more information regarding the ENERGY STAR specification process or additional CFS equipment updates, visit

Increase Sales with ENERGY STAR’s Complimentary Materials

ENERGY STAR is in the process of updating its commercial foodservice equipment materials with the latest savings figures and product information.

The 2017 Guide for Cafes, Restaurants, and Institutional Kitchens, nine product sell sheets, and Equipment Savings Overview are all co-brandable – meaning you can add your logo while leveraging the ENERGY STAR brand. These materials were created to help you drive sales and communicate the benefits of using ENERGY STAR equipment. We encourage all partners to take advantage of these resources.

All materials will be made available on the ENERGY STAR CFS website.

ENERGY STAR Training Webinars for Your Organization

ENERGY STAR offers complimentary educational webinars to help inform stakeholders in various foodservice market segments of the benefits of using ENERGY STAR equipment and effective ways to communicate long-term savings to customers.

Most recently, ENERGY STAR hosted a boot camp webinar for Wendy’s® franchisees. EPA provided information on the potential savings of installing ENERGY STAR commercial foodservice equipment and best practices for leveraging ENERGY STAR’s Portfolio Manager to meet their energy savings goals.

What are your specific needs and goals for energy savings? Are you looking to integrate ENERGY STAR equipment or learn more about Portfolio Manager? If so, please reach out to

Applications Now Open: 2018 Awards

The ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. The 2018 ENERGY STAR Award applications are now available online. Applications are due on December 4, 2017. Below are important dates and deadlines to be aware of:

  • Mid-October 2017: online system opens for applications.
  • December 4, 2017: application submission deadline
  • Late February 2018: award determinations complete and applicants notified
  • April 20, 2018: annual spring partner meetings and awards ceremony

Visit for more information and a list of the 2017 ENERGY STAR Award winners.

Updates on Additional Commerical Product Categories of Interest


Congratulations to ENERGY STAR's Lab Grade Refrigeration partner Phononic!

Phononic’s model: ELR055SGB-002 has won the 2017 Emerging Technology Award for its use of Solid-State Refrigeration. Phononic’s model is recognized as a promising technology that has the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award acknowledges innovative technologies that meet rigorous performance criteria to reduce energy use and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

The benefits of adopting Solid-State cooling technology include increased energy efficiency, elimination of refrigerants (in some models), noise reduction, and reduction in product size. Learn more about Solid-State Refrigeration
technology here.

  • 2017 I2SL

The ENERGY STAR Team attended the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference in Boston, Massachusetts. With the recent inclusion of Ultra-Low Temperature Freezers into the ENERGY STAR Lab Grade Refrigeration specification, EPA is excited to work with its partners to promote this promising new product category.

ENERGY STAR is looking for stakeholders who would be interested in collaborating on the types of tools and resources that would be helpful to promote this product category. Please reach out to if you have any questions or would like to discuss this opportunity further.

Recent Events

  • 2017 NACUFS

The ENERGY STAR Team attended the National Association of College and University Food Service (NACUFS) Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. ENERGY STAR’s goal is to establish relationships with universities, and university food service operators, in order to identify collaborative opportunities to increase savings. ENERGY STAR looks forward to engaging with these stakeholders and supporting their sustainability efforts.

If you are a university or university foodservice operator interested in working with ENERGY STAR or promoting your sustainable operations, please reach out to

  • 2017 ENERGY STAR Commercial and Industrial Partner Meeting

The 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner Meeting was held this fall in Chicago, Illinois. The three-day meeting included plenary sessions with policy and program updates, as well as opportunities for one-on-one networking meetings and interactions with other ENERGY STAR stakeholders.

This is the first year that EPA’s Commercial and Industrial Branch hosted their meeting in conjunction with the ENERGY STAR Products Partner Meeting and the Certified Homes Stakeholder Meeting. The meetings brought together over 700 ENERGY STAR stakeholders and included building owners, utilities, manufacturers, and operators. Attendees had the opportunity to network extensively with both EPA and their peers, seek out opportunities for future collaboration, and discuss best practices for energy management and efficiency. The sessions covered topics ranging from designing sustainable restaurants at the building-level and implementing energy-efficient lighting and energy management systems.

Presentations from the sessions will be posted on the website in the coming weeks.

Update Your Contact Information!

Please check to make sure your company and contact information is current. EPA maintains a database of contact information for thousands of partners. We try our best, but sometimes it’s difficult to keep track of changes in names and roles at every organization. Updating your company information will help ensure you receive important correspondence from EPA about your partnership. You can review your partnership information and update your contact information by logging into the My ENERGY STAR Account (MESA) tool at

If you have questions or need help, please reach out to

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