Collaborative Labelling & Appliance Standards Program (CLASP

Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Mapping and Benchmarking Project

This study includes analysis for two categories of commercial refrigeration equipment: reach-in coolers and cold vending machines.

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Following the completion of the CRE scoping study in 2012, CLASP conducted a benchmarking analysis for CRE in collaboration with the SEAD Initiative and Waide Strategic Efficiency, Saint Trofee and Cemafroid. Based on recommendations from the scoping study, this benchmarking study focuses on products that are most commonly used and regulated, such as commercial reach-in coolers (including refrigerated display cabinets and beverage coolers) and refrigerated vending machines.

This analysis focuses on nine economies – including Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Japan, Mexico, South Africa and the US – that demonstrate high energy savings potential through adopting more proactive policy measures for CRE.  By including more economies in the study, the study provides additional country-specific data and complements International Energy Agency Efficient Electrical End-Use Equipment (IEA 4E)’s existing mapping and benchmarking reports for vending machines and retail display cabinets

In order to facilitate the comparability of efficiency policies across these economies, this study:

  • Identifies the national test procedures applied in the target economies and their equivalence to international or national test procedures;
  • Compares the differences in the testing procedures to assess the expected impact on rated energy performance;
  • Develops energy performance benchmarks; and
  • Assesses higher energy efficiency design options and potential efficiency improvement cost-benefits.


Based on the analysis, both reach-in coolers and vending machines demonstrate great potential for significant energy savings by implementing or improving energy efficiency standards and labelling policies in the nine targeted economies.

  • Reach-in coolers: if all new products sold from 2014 onwards use the maximum technically achievable efficiency today, the energy savings would be of 56 TWh in 2035 – equivalent to removing the emissions of 11 coal-fired power plants for a year.
  • Vending machines: If all new vending machines sold from 2014 onwards were to be at the maximum technically achievable efficiency today, the energy savings would be of 18.5 TWh by 2035 – equivalent to removing the emissions of 3.7 coal-fired power plants for a year.