NAFEM engages with EPA to discuss concerns about Colorado requiring ENERGY STAR® certification

Following a recent conversation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Air and Radiation, NAFEM learned that the agency also is concerned about recent efforts in Colorado and other states (see Washington article below) to compromise the voluntary nature of the ENERGY STAR® program. Requiring new commercial foodservice equipment products sold, leased or rented in the state to carry ENERGY STAR® certification could commoditize the program’s higher energy-efficiency standards, rendering the program less valuable elsewhere in the U.S.

Equally concerning is information Commercial Food Equipment Service Association (CFESA) President John Schwindt, general manager/VP operations, Hawkins Commercial Appliance Service Co., Englewood, Colo. shared that some ENERGY STAR®-certified appliances don’t perform to operators’ expectations in higher mountain altitudes with less oxygen.

To better understand the impact of Colorado’s recent regulation on members, NAFEM issued a brief survey in early October. We’ll share the feedback we receive in the November Advocacy Update.

NAFEM continues to closely monitor this activity in Colorado and other states, as it works with EPA to discuss concerns.