Congratulations to ENERGY STAR's Award Winners
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would like to congratulate the four ENERGY STAR Commercial Food Service (CFS) manufacturer partners that were honored at this year's ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards Ceremony, held March 26, 2013 in Washington, D.C. The ceremony is hosted each year by EPA to recognize organizations for their exceptional commitment to energy efficiency.
ITW Food Equipment Group received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued industry leadership, with more than 60 percent of its entire product line earning the ENERGY STAR. ITW has developed an innovative energy recovery technology for warewashers that significantly reduces their energy and water consumption, saving users between $500 and $2,000 per year. ITW also promotes the benefits of ENERGY STAR through professional trainings for dealers, distributors, sales representatives and design consultants.
ITW Food Equipment Group accepts the ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence.
Manitowoc Foodservice received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence recognition for its continued leadership in having the most products qualified, with certified products across seven of the CFS categories. Manitowoc has introduced product innovations in warewashers, fryers, and ice makers that increase efficiency and lower total cost of ownership. Manitowoc also works with ENERGY STAR dealer partners to help them understand the program, stock certified products, and promote their partnerships.
Manitowoc accepts the ENERGY STAR Award for Sustained Excellence.
Scotsman Ice Systems, Inc. received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year award for its exceptional efforts to promote ENERGY STAR through educating employees, consultants, and buying groups about the importance of energy- and water-saving technologies. Scotsman's efforts were also highlighted in McDonald’s Corporation’s 2012 Best of Sustainable Supply Chain report for the Scotsman Ice Systems Prodigy® line of ice machines, which delivers 50-percent reductions in water consumption.
Scotsman Ice Systems, Inc. accepts the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award.
Hoshizaki America, Inc. received the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year recognition for its outstanding efforts in energy efficiency and certification for 100 percent of its product line (offering 105 certified models). Hoshizaki also implemented a sustainability plan and developed a new end-user awareness campaign on the energy and resource savings associated with an ENERGY STAR certified product.
Hoshizaki, Inc. accepts the ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award.
For more information on the 2013 ENERGY STAR Award winners and to view the Profiles in Leadership: 2013 ENERGY STAR Award Winners report, please visit www.energystar.gov/awards.
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Product Spotlight: Commercial Ice Makers
Automatic commercial ice makers can be found in almost every food service establishment, including hospitals, hotels, schools, and offices. There are an estimated 1.2 million ice makers in service today in the U.S. alone. With each using approximately 7,000 to 10,000 kWhs per year, nearly the equivalent of the annual energy use of one single family home, ice makers can be a significant burden on the grid and have large operating costs.
The ENERGY STAR program has been helping purchasers identify the most energy-efficient commercial ice makers since 2007 when it released the first ENERGY STAR commercial ice maker specification and began to recognize energy and water-efficient models.
On February 1, 2013, the Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR Ice Maker specification became effective which expanded the scope from air-cooled batch-type machines to include continuous-type (i.e., flake and nugget) ice makers. The specification covers ice-making head (IMH), self-contained (SCU), and remote condensing (RCU) type units. Qualifying models must meet maximum potable water and energy consumption limits to earn the ENERGY STAR.
ENERGY STAR certified ice makers employ a variety of energy saving technologies, such as harvest-assist capabilities and high efficiency compressors, fan motors, and water pumps. These help to achieve longer product lifetimes and quicker ice harvesting than standard machines.
All of these increased efficiencies allow ENERGY STAR certified ice makers to be on average 15 percent more energy efficient and 23 percent more water efficient than standard models. ENERGY STAR certified machines can also help save approximately $130 and $160 in energy costs annually for batch and continuous type ice makers, respectively. EPA estimates that if every commercial ice maker bought in the U.S. this year were ENERGY STAR certified Americans would save about $13 million and reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 15,000 cars from the road.
Often, there are prescriptive incentives available through your local utility to help offset initial purchase costs. For more information on incentives, check out the CFS Incentive Guide and CFS Incentive Finder (on the commercial kitchen landing page under “buying guidance”).
The current list of ENERGY STAR commercial ice makers can be viewed at www.energystar.gov/cfs. For a list of partners currently with the program visit the ENERGY STAR Partner List.
Restaurant operators and commercial kitchen(s) can be recognized for their adoption of energy-efficient CFS equipment, including ice makers. For more information, visit www.energystar.gov/cfs/success.
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Upcoming & Recent Events
Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Key Accounts Workshop
A representative from the ENERGY STAR team attended the Spring 2013 EEI Key Accounts Workshop in mid-March in Chicago, IL. EEI provides the ENERGY STAR program a great opportunity to engage with energy managers and other leaders in the food service industry that are working towards improving energy efficiency in their operations and can benefit from ENERGY STAR certified equipment in their operations.
National Restaurant Association (NRA)
Christopher Kent and Una Song, EPA, and additional ENERGY STAR team members will be attending the National Restaurant Association (NRA) Show 2013 from May 18-21, 2013 in Chicago, IL. The ENERGY STAR team will be visiting partners on the show floor to discuss newly certified product offerings and ENERGY STAR collaboration opportunities.
EPA will host a stakeholder meeting during the show to discuss the specification revision effort for commercial refrigeration. Details will be provided in advance of the Show. For more information in the meantime, see the Product Development Updates article above.
EPA invites partners and stakeholders to schedule individual meetings with EPA representatives. To do so, email email@example.com. In addition, EPA will review marketing materials prior to the Show, upon partner request.
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New "Share Your Story" Recognition Opportunity
EPA has launched a new “Share Your Story” recognition program. Organizations using ENERGY STAR certified CFS equipment, such as commercial or institutional kitchens and restaurants, are encouraged to tell their story to inspire others to improve the energy efficiency of their operations and help protect the environment. If your organization has installed ENERGY STAR certified equipment, or if you know of operations that have, we want to hear about it!
For sharing your story, EPA will send your organization an ENERGY STAR Certificate of Recognition. This certificate can be put on display to demonstrate your commitment to the environment to your patrons and staff. You may also communicate about your recognition on your website, via press releases, or other vehicles (e.g., social media channels). EPA will provide language to assist you in communications efforts.
For more details on how you can participate in this recognition program, visit www.energystar.gov/cfs/success. Interested parties are also welcome to contact Una Song, EPA, at Song.Una@epa.gov or Natalie Chadwick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Red Robin's Commitment to Energy Efficiency
Based in Greenwood Village, CO, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers has over 450 restaurants and continues to grow. Red Robin recognizes that energy efficiency must be a priority in order to sustainably grow operations.
To help educate its restaurant operators and franchisees across the country, Red Robin leveraged the ENERGY STAR Guide for Restaurants to develop their own company guidebook in 2011 (pictured right).
This guide helped them deliver a cohesive internal message about the company’s energy efficiency efforts.
Red Robin shared their story with EPA and was the first to be recognized through the "Share Your Story" recognition program.
According to John Rogers, Vice President of Capital Purchasing, “ENERGY STAR equipment and resources are a great way for Red Robin to reduce the energy consumption of our restaurants. Red Robin strives to promote the efficient, sustainable use of energy in our restaurants by delivering successful energy management practices, technologies, and partnerships to protect, recycle, reduce, and reuse the important natural resources that fuel our business every day.”
As the company strives to improve its energy management, it encourages best practices across the Design, Purchasing, Construction, Corporate Education, Workforce Development, Facilities Operations, Restaurant Equipment, Asset Management, and Energy Research divisions.
Red Robin specifies ENERGY STAR certified equipment in all new restaurant openings as well as for resupply in existing locations, including: commercial refrigerators, fryers, ice makers, water heaters, HVAC equipment, LED lighting in certain applications, and LED flat panel TVs.
In addition to saving energy with their fryers, Red Robin recycles used fryer oil at all of its company-owned restaurants.
Red Robin has installed 41 energy management systems (EMSs) to help the restaurants operate efficiently across the areas of heating and cooling, ventilation, exterior lighting, and signage and has piloted a solar program test at three Colorado restaurants. The company has also implemented stringent guidelines for start-up and shut-down of equipment and retrofitted most incandescent and halogen lights with LED lamps. The lamp conversion alone cut energy consumption for converted lamps by 77 percent during the initial installation year. As a result of these initiatives, 2012 was the second consecutive year in which Red Robin experienced reduced energy costs in corporate restaurants system wide.
For more information on Red Robin’s Environmental Stewardship efforts, visit Red Robin’s ENERGY STAR success story page at www.energystar.gov/cfs/success_RedRobin
and the Red Robin website.
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Product Development Updates
EPA is currently working with industry stakeholders to revise two product specifications. Detailed updates are provided below and more information can be found on the ENERGY STAR Product Development website at: www.energystar.gov/productdevelopment.
Commercial Refrigerators and Freezers
EPA will be releasing the Draft 1 Version 3.0 Commercial Refrigerator and Freezer specification in April.
EPA launched this specification revision effort in October 2012 with the primary goal of aligning with the testing requirements established in the U. S. Department of Energy's (DOE) standards for commercial refrigeration equipment (e.g., test conditions, scope, and definitions). EPA is also re-evaluating the performance levels to ensure that ENERGY STAR continues to provide value to end-users. Stakeholder feedback and participation is encouraged and appreciated during this revision process.
EPA released the Final Draft Version 2.0 ENERGY STAR specification for Commercial Ovens on March 1, 2013 to collect final stakeholder comments and published the Final Version 2.0 specification on April 1, 2013.
Combination ovens, a new product category for ENERGY STAR, are immediately eligible for certification now that the Version 2.0 specification is final. The revised performance requirements for convection ovens, including third-party certification requirements, take effect on January 1, 2014.
Stakeholder questions for commercial refrigeration and ovens can be directed to Christopher Kent, EPA, at (202) 343-9046 and email@example.com or Adam Spitz, ICF International, at (202) 862-1226 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Draft WaterSense Specification for PRSVs
In 2006, EPA launched the WaterSense® program, a voluntary partnership program that seeks to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. EPA’s WaterSense program aims to help consumers and businesses make smart water choices that save money and maintain high environmental standards without compromising performance. Products and services that have earned the WaterSense label have been independently certified to use 20 percent less water and perform as well or better than standard models.
On February 7, 2013, EPA released the WaterSense Draft Specification for Commercial Pre-Rinse Spray Valves (PSRVs). These products will be the first commercial kitchen product eligible for the WaterSense label. Approximately 970,000 PRSVs are currently being used in the U.S., with about 200,000 new PRSVs sold each year. Replacing these standard PRSVs with WaterSense labeled models offers a significant opportunity for water and cost savings. Comments on the specification were due on April 8, 2013.
The WaterSense and the ENERGY STAR CFS teams will work together to leverage existing relationships with CFS manufacturing partners and the distribution channel to raise awareness of the PRSV specification and increase the availability of these products in the marketplace.
For more information on the specification development effort for PRSVs, visit www.epa.gov/watersense/partners/prsvs.html.
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Food Service Newsletter in July!