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Proposed Los Angeles-area regulation to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions could impact fuel-burning appliances

March 10, 2017

The Orange County, Calif.-based South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has completed its 2016 Air Quality Management Plan – a regional blueprint for achieving federal air quality standards primarily through reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions across the greater Los Angeles area..


The plan must now be approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) for inclusion in its State Implementation Plan, which, in turn, will be submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval. The SCAQMD plan calls for a 17 percent reduction in NOx emissions by 2022; a 43 percent reduction by 2023; and a 55 percent reduction by 2031. Among the reduction standards to be created to comply with the plan are those for measuring and reducing NOx emissions from charbroilers and other appliances with burners used in commercial foodservice equipment. Until now, there have been no standards for regulating NOx emissions from these types of appliances.

For questions on this topic, please contact Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, NAFEM’s vice president, regulatory & technical affairs: or +1.312.821.0201.


Seventh Circuit Court Denies NAFEM Challenge to Commercial Refrigeration Efficiency Standards

August 8, 2016

On Aug. 8, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued its decision denying industry’s petition for review of DOE’s commercial refrigeration test procedure and efficiency standards published in 2014 (EERE-2013-BT-TP-0025 &amp EERE-2010-BT-STD-0003).


The decision means manufacturers must be ready to comply with the new standards by March 27, 2017.

NAFEM maintains that at every step, the court deferred to the agency. “Arguing against an agency is always an uphill battle, but the amount of deference the court exhibits in the opinion is much greater than what we have seen in other cases,” says Jeff Longsworth, NAFEM Legal Counsel. According to Longsworth, the court seemed reluctant to grasp the technical integrity issues raised by NAFEM and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), which collaborated on the filing. “We knew this was a risk, but we had faith that the court would do their job – especially given the excellent help from members in breaking the information into bite-sized pieces for a lay person to understand. It’s disheartening that the court did not look beyond the DOE’s words and into the substance and technical impact of the case.”

NAFEM’s advocacy efforts present its members’ point-of-view to legislators and regulators making decisions that potentially impact the industry. NAFEM works with allied industry partners, law makers, government agencies and other stakeholders to actively advocate for its members’ interests.

For details on these initiatives, members can login with your NAFEM site credentials. All others should contact: Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, NAFEM director, member services, +1.312.821.0212;


NAFEM 2004 Size & Shape of the Industry Study

Winter 2004

This past spring, NAFEM sponsored its 2004 Size & Shape of the Industry Study, an industry-wide, information-gathering survey of the foodservice equipment and supplies market. The survey data was collected and aggregate results analyzed and reported through a joint effort by the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and Fryett Consulting Group. Companies can use the results to improve industry knowledge, assist in business planning, develop new products, set benchmarks and identify business opportunities.


The results are compiled in nine volumes defined by the categorical breakouts within the survey: Food Preparation Equipment; Primary Cooking Equipment; Refrigeration & Ice Machines; Serving Equipment; Smallwares, Cookware & Kitchen Tools; Storage & Handling Equipment; Tabletops & Servingware; Warewashing, Janitorial & Safety Equipment; and Furnishings, Décor & Custom Fabrication.

Participating companies received two priority points and a copy of the complete report free of charge. Member non-participants may purchase for $250 per volume or $995 for the complete set. The data will be available to channel partners on March 1, 2005 for $495 per volume, or $3,395 for the complete set; and to the industry at large on September 1, 2005 for $995 per volume, or $6,500 for the complete set.

Visit for more information and to order your copy of the study; or simply download an order form and mail or fax it to NAFEM Headquarters.


Fostering Excellence in Foodservice

Summer 2002

One of the best ways for NAFEM to build on its strengths is to plan for the future through a strong professional development effort. Part of that effort includes NAFEM’s support of the Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association (FEDA) Educational Foundation where NAFEM is generously allocating $250,000 over the next five years to the program.


The FEDA Educational Foundation is designed to provide training and education, and expand industry knowledge of individuals in the food service equipment supplies trade through online certification programs and graduate degrees in distribution.