If approved, Colorado House Bill 19-1231 would require that all commercial dishwashers, fryers, hot food-holding cabinets and steam cookers, along with a variety of other devices, used in the state must meet or exceed ENERGY STAR and WaterSense requirements. In collaboration with the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA) and the National Restaurant Association (NRA), NAFEM expressed its concern that, while the bill is well-intended and NAFEM’s support for ENERGY STAR is strong, it raises several issues that could undermine this valuable, national program.
In anticipation of Infrastructure Week, May 13 – 20, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has updated and re-issued Building to Win, its comprehensive proposal to invest in and modernize America’s infrastructure. According to the proposal, “The modern manufacturing economy we are building does not have the kind of infrastructure we need to support our vision for an exceptional America.”
A coalition including the National Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, AFL-CIO, Brookings Institution, America Society of Civil Engineers and more than 450 affiliate organizations is co-hosting the 7th annual Infrastructure Week May 13 – 20 to spotlight the state of infrastructure in the U.S. The week-long event focuses on the importance of roads, bridges, ports, airports, railways, water and sewer systems, the energy grid and more.
NAFEM continues to monitor for news on California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) potential standards to measure and reduce NOx emissions from charbroilers and other appliances with burners. These plans ladder up to SCAQMD’s goal to reduce NOx emissions by 17 percent by 2022, with subsequent reductions through 2031.
As a signatory to the Montreal Protocol agreement to phase out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances, Canada has implemented Statutory Order and Regulation (SOR) 2016/137, Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations. The new SOR largely mirrors the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy Rule 21.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a Federal Register notice seeking information on the measurement of average use cycles, or periods of use, in its test procedures. The agency is seeking to better understand whether there are provisions in its test procedures for consumer appliances and industrial equipment that could be improved to produce results that are more representative of average use cycles, or periods of use.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released Draft 1, Version 3.0 ENERGY STAR Commercial Dishwasher Product Specification.