ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service Newsletter


EPA’s ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service Program Manager, Kirsten Hesla, as well as other members of the ENERGY STAR team attended the 2017 NAFEM (North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers) Show from February 9 - 11 in Orlando, FL. Kirsten and team members visited partner booths and met with stakeholders to discuss ENERGY STAR marketing and product development initiatives. If you did not have the opportunity to speak with an ENERGY STAR team member and have questions, please reach out to


Utility Program Managers: New Materials Just For You!

EPA developed new co-brandable versions of the ENERGY STAR Sell Sheets that allow utilities to input specific incentive information, in addition to their logo. Several utilities have already begun to use the sell sheets and have found them extremely valuable in spreading information on the product category and their incentive offerings.

They are not posted on the website yet, so please reach out to to request the co-brandable sell sheets.

Updates for Manufacturers

  • Version 4.0 Commercial Refrigerator and Freezer Effective Date is Approaching

The ENERGY STAR Commercial Refrigerator and Freezer V4.0 Specification will soon be effective. Your valuable feedback and input throughout the development process was integral to the Version 4.0 specification. EPA would like to thank all the stakeholders who contributed feedback that helped inform the specification revision process.

Furthering Market Transformation
The Commercial Refrigerator and Freezer product category was introduced to the ENERGY STAR Program over 15 years ago. Since the early 2000s, ENERGY STAR partners have advanced the efficiency of these products ensured that these products provided significant savings to restaurant operators, hotel managers, schools and a number of other food service establishments.

The new Version 4.0 performance requirements offer end-users energy and cost savings ranging from 17 to 40 percent and $40 to $100 per year, depending on configuration, when compared to conventional models.

All new products must be certified by an EPA-recognized Certification Body (CB) before being labeled and marketed as ENERGY STAR. Any product manufactured and labeled as ENERGY STAR must meet Version 4.0 requirements beginning March 27, 2017. Manufacturers are encouraged to work with their CBs to ensure certified products will appear on the ENERGY STAR Product Finder.

Thank you to all of the stakeholders for your valuable comments, data, and feedback through this process!

  • Exciting News on the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award

The 2017 Emerging Technology Award criteria has been finalized for solid-state refrigeration. The 2016 Award for innovative refrigerant systems has also been extended to include the 2017 calendar year.

Launched in 2011, the ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award raises the profile of innovative technologies that have the potential to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions once they become more widely adopted. The annual Award recognizes promising technologies that may not yet meet key principles associated with categories eligible for the ENERGY STAR label (e.g., broadly available, cost effective) or may be relatively more complex to properly install and operate. As products become more mainstream, Award categories may become candidates for ENERGY STAR specification development.

Award categories are selected through a transparent stakeholder process that evaluates technologies based on the following criteria. The technology must be:

  • Commercially available, but not widely adopted (<5% market share)
  • Offered by more than one supplier
  • Third party-verified to demonstrate environmental performance
  • Likely to significantly reduce greenhouse gases at competitive costs
  • Environmentally acceptable (technology use is a net plus for the environment)
  • Supported by capable partners who are adequately financed with established business records
  • Well matched to EPA/ENERGY STAR competencies and appropriate roles

If your product meets the Award criteria for solid-state refrigeration or for the innovative refrigerant systems, you may begin submitting information to for EPA review.

The list of 2016's Award winners and an ongoing list of qualifying products are available on the ENERGY STAR website.

  • Outstanding Annual Unit Shipment Data Due

As a reminder, ENERGY STAR partners are required to submit 2016 calendar year unit shipment data for certified products. EPA collects this unit shipment data, from all ENERGY STAR partners, on an annual basis for program evaluation purposes.

If your company did not submit data by March 1, 2017, its ENERGY STAR certified products were removed from the ENERGY STAR products list on the ENERGY STAR website, and your company name was removed from the partner list. Please send a completed form for each of your product categories to EPA at ASAP to maintain partnership status.

ENERGY STAR Ice Maker Revision and Webinar Recap

On January 25, 2017 EPA held a webinar on the ENERGY STAR Automatic Commercial Ice Makers (ACIM) Draft 1 Version 3.0 Specification. Thank you to all of the attendees who joined us and shared comments. The primary goals of this revision are to align definitions with the Department of Energy’s Final Rule for ACIMs, and lower the maximum energy use certification criteria.

In this specification, EPA also introduced optional criteria for connected functionality, aligning with ENERGY STAR's commitment to recognizing forward-thinking technologies. EPA will continue to work with stakeholders on the optional criteria throughout the specification revision process. In order for products to be listed on the ENERGY STAR Product Finder as having connected functionality, products will need to meet the requirements included in the final specification.


For your reference, the Draft 1 specification, cover memo, and data plots are available on the product development webpage. EPA is reviewing comments and will notify all stakeholders of any further edits to the draft specification.

Please direct any questions you may have to or

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