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Amendment to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations

Bulletin
November 2006

Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines – Final

Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations (the Regulations) were amended November 2, 2006 and published in the Canada Gazette, Part II on November 15, 2006 to require dealers of refrigerated bottled and canned vending machines imported or shipped interprovincially for sale or lease in Canada to comply with minimum energy performance standards.

In October 2004, NRCan issued a bulletin describing the proposed amendments and invited comments. In December 2004, NRCan held a stakeholder workshop on the proposed regulations, and the attendees provided comments. As a result of comments received, NRCan modified the proposed amendments, and pre-published them in the Canada Gazette Part I in May 2006. Comments on that bulletin have resulted in additional changes, denoted below in bold.

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Effective Date

The energy efficiency performance standard for vending machines comes into effect as follows:

  • Refrigerated beverage vending machines with less than 20 discrete types of beverages: January 1, 2007 (Level 1) and January 1 2008 (Level 2)
  • Refrigerated beverage vending machines with 20 or more discrete types of beverages: January 1, 2007
  • Snack and refrigerated beverage vending machines: January 1, 2007

All vending machines that have their manufacturing completed on or after the specified date, and that are subject to the Regulations will be required to meet the stated energy efficiency levels and other regulatory requirements.

Changes from May 2006 pre-publication
The effective date has been delayed to January 1, 2007 (was June 1, 2006).

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Product Description

The Regulations apply to refrigerated bottled and canned beverage vending machines. Refrigerated beverage vending machines are self-contained appliances with a refrigerated compartment designed to hold and dispense canned or bottled beverages upon payment.

The vending machines covered fall into three categories:

  • Refrigerated beverage vending machines with less than 20 discrete types of beverages;
  • Refrigerated beverage vending machines with 20 or more discrete types of beverages; and
  • snack and refrigerated beverage vending machines, which are vending machines that:
    • dispense packages of non-refrigerated, solid food as well as refrigerated bottled or canned beverages;
    • can hold a maximum of 100 bottles and/or canned beverages.

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Energy Performance Test Procedure

ASHRAE Standard 32.1-2004, Methods of Testing for Rating Bottled and Canned Beverage Vending Machines.

The standard can be ordered from:

American Society of Heating, Refrigeration
and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.
1791 Tullie Circle N.E.
Atlanta GA  30329 USA
Tel.: 1-800-527-4723
Web site

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Minimum Energy Performance Levels

For a Detailed Guide to Regulations, please visit the following technical requirements link – Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines

The maximum daily energy consumption (in kilowatt-hours) shall not exceed the following, where:

Edaily is the maximum daily energy consumption (kWh)
VC is the maximum quantity of product that is recommended by the manufacturer to be dispensed from one full loading of the machine

1. Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines with Less than 20 Discrete Types of Beverages

January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007

Edaily = 55% (8.66 + 0.009VC)
Ambient-air test temperature: 32.2°C ± 1°C;
Relative humidity 65% ± 5%

Effective January 1, 2008

Edaily = 45% (8.66 + 0.009VC)
Ambient-air test temperature: 32.2°C ± 1°C;
Relative humidity 65% ± 5%


Changes from May 2006 pre-publication
The effective date has been delayed to January 1, 2007 (was June 1, 2006).


2. Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines with 20 or More Discrete Types of Beverages

Effective January 1, 2007

Edaily = 55% (8.66 + 0.009VC)
Ambient-air test temperature: 23.9°C ± 1°C;
Relative humidity 45% ± 5%


Changes from May 2006 pre-publication
The effective date has been delayed to January 1, 2007 (was June 1, 2006).


3. Snack and Refrigerated Beverage Vending Machines

Effective January 1, 2007

Edaily = 55% (8.66 + 0.009VC)
Ambient-air test temperature: 23.9°C ± 1°C;
Relative humidity 45% ± 5%

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Low-Power Mode

The vending machine shall place the machine into a low-power mode during periods of extended inactivity so that it is capable of reducing the energy consumption by operating in each of the low-power states described below:

  1. lighting low power state – lights off for an extended period of time;
  2. refrigeration low power state – the average beverage temperature is allowed to rise above 4.4°C for an extended period of time; and
  3. whole machine low power state – the lights are off and the refrigeration operates in its low-power state.

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Labelling Requirements

There is no requirement at this time apart from the verification mark described below.

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Verification Requirements

The same verification requirements that apply to other products regulated under the Energy Efficiency Act will apply to vending machines.

A regulated vending machines will carry a verification mark indicating that the energy performance of the product has been verified. The verification mark is the mark of a Standards Council of Canada accredited certification organization (called the Certification Body) that administers an energy performance verification program for this product. NRCan will also accept labels issued by a province indicating that the product meets the provincial energy efficiency levels as a verification mark, providing that the provincial level is equivalent to or more stringent than the federally regulated level.

The test portion of an energy-efficiency verification program may be conducted at the Certification Body's own facility, at the manufacturer's own test facility, or at an independent test facility. The Certification Body is responsible for qualifying the manufacturers and independent test facilities by ensuring that the test facilities meet the requirements of the SCC standard CAN-P-4: General Requirements for the Accreditation of Calibration and Testing Laboratories (ISO/IEC 17025). The Certification Body also monitors and audits the facility on an ongoing basis.

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Reporting Requirements

The energy efficiency report required for this product will include the following information:

  • Type:
    • refrigerated beverage vending machine;
    • snack and refrigerated beverage vending machine
  • Brand name
  • Manufacturer
  • Model number
  • Name of the organization or province that carried out the verification and authorized the verification mark that will appear on the product
  • Daily energy consumption in kWh – Edaily
  • Ambient Edaily test temperature in °C
  • Vendible capacity
  • Whether intended for indoor use or outdoor use
  • Front type (opaque or transparent)
  • Number of discrete types of beverages that can be displayed and dispensed (Refrigerated beverage vending machines only)

This report must be submitted, by the dealer, to the Minister of NRCan before the product is imported into Canada or traded interprovincially for the first time.

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Importing Requirements

A dealer who imports these products into Canada must include the following information on the customs release document:

  • Type of product
  • Model number
  • Brand name
  • Address of the dealer importing the product
  • Purpose for which the product is being imported (i.e., for sale or lease in Canada without modification; for sale or lease in Canada after modification to comply with energy efficiency standards; or for use as a component in a product being exported from Canada)

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