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Commercial ecodesign update

4th Jul 2014
Two documents have recently been published on Eco design of commercial refrigeration: 1.    Ecodesign for Commercial Refrigeration. Preparatory study update Final report, JRC. 2.

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Ecodesign requirements for professional cabinets

1st May 2014
The EC has just published the latest information on Directive 2009/125/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council with regard to ecodesign requirements for professional refrigerated storage cabinets, blast cabinets, condensing units and process chillers. The requirements shall apply from 1 July 2016. Scope The most pertinent points related to professional (commercial service) cabinets are: 1.    No ecodesign requirements for direct greenhouse gas emissions related to the use of refrigerants as the market has already moved to low GWP alternatives.

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Latest F-gas news

1st May 2014
The EU has recently (14.04.14) released documents providing details of the updated fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gas) regulations. The text of the regulation can be found at: http://register.

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TSB Energy Catalyst

4th Apr 2014
The TSB (Technology Strategy Board) has just announced funding under their Energy Catalyst. The Energy Catalyst supports business and research to respond to challenges in the energy sector. The Catalyst can fund innovative projects from early stage through to pre commercial technology validation. This current call will provide funding of up to £25m.

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Christmas wishes

20th Dec 2013
On behalf of everyone at RD&T we would like to pass on our very best wishes for Christmas and wish everyone a successful 2014. We would like to thank everyone who has supported us since we set up in 2009. Although the weather is unseasonably warm currently it was very cold earlier in the year. This is what the RD&T testing facilities and offices looked like earlier in the year when Christmas came early!

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External calibration to ISO 9001 standard

20th Dec 2013
RD&T have recently been certified to ISO 9001 for calibration of testing equipment. We are now offering this as an external service.  Parameters which we can calibrate Temperature Voltage  Current  Power  Relative humidity  Pressure If you have equipment you wish to be calibrated contact Alan Foster (alan.foster@rdandt.

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2 for 1 testing offer

31st Oct 2013
Currently there is some lack of clarity on test methods for professional cabinets and which of these will be used for energy labeling which is due to be applied in July 2015.  Having so many different methodologies is confusing and makes selecting the right testing procedure difficult for manufacturers.  Currently the two test methodologies that are most likely to be used for energy labelling are either the CECED or the TC44 WG2 methodology. EN441 is still used for the UK ECA (Enhanced Capital Allowance) scheme.

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Energy labelling - are your cabinets 'A' rated?

3rd Sep 2013
Energy labelling: easy as ABC? In this month's Catering Insight magazine RD&T's Judith Evans asks the question of whether companies are ready for energy labelling. Energy labelling for refrigerated catering and commercial cabinets is likely to be applied from 2015 and companies need to be ready. After that time cabinets that do not meet the minimum energy performance standard will not be allowed to be sold in Europe. To find more out about how energy labelling may affect your business: read the article at Catering Insight or contact Judith Evans at RD&T.

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New testing definitions page

31st Jul 2013
We have added a new definitions page to our web site that can be found at: http://www.rdandt.co.uk/pages/links.

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Food waste report publicised in Daily Mail

29th Jul 2013
WRAP (the Waste and Resources Action Programme) recently published a report on work by RD&T highlighting how refrigeration can help reduce food waste. The report (details at http://www.rdandt.co.

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