Effects of Regulation on Temporary Refrigeration Hire

temporary refrigeration for the food and drink industry

When a client contacts us looking to hire a walk-in freezer or cold room, questions of government regulations rarely come up. It is not that our industry is not regulated – it is regulated as much as any other industry involving refrigeration equipment – it is just that the regulations do not have a significant impact on how we conduct business with our clients. They trust us to provide the walk-in rooms or refrigerated trailers they need regardless of what the government requires of us; we pride ourselves on being able to meet that need.

We bring up the idea of regulation within our industry because the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR) will be holding a symposium on April 9 (2015) addressing the effects of increased regulation and performance standards on the entire refrigeration industry. As the IOR explains on its website, “standards are usually designed to encourage innovation and ‘green solutions’ but can often result in unintended restrictions on the latest and best new technologies as the market moves faster than the legislators.”

Among the most notable regulatory changes over the last couple of years are a number of rule changes that have banned the use of certain kinds of refrigerants in Europe. The industry has had to adapt by coming up with new refrigerants or looking at better ways to use existing chemicals that the law still allows. Such adaptation does end up increasing costs for manufacturers, which are eventually passed down through higher prices at the wholesale and retail levels. However, we believe that most Europeans accept those cost increases as part of maintaining environmental responsibility.

In an industry like ours, the increased costs are borne every time we grow our fleet or replace an old piece of equipment. New refrigerated trailers and walk-in freezers cost more than their older predecessors in terms of new value. However, these save money in the long run by being more energy efficient and less costly to repair.

Disruptive Technologies

In addition to looking at regulation, the IOR symposium will also spend some time dealing with disruptive technologies. These technologies are so new and innovative that they 'disrupt' conventional thinking within the industry. No one knows what the IOR has in store, but it is going to be interesting to see what it has to say. The combination of innovation and new technology constantly allows the refrigeration industry to forge ahead.

At Icecool Trailers, we have been forging ahead in temporary refrigeration for more than 20 years. Our company was founded on the belief that providing clients with the trailers and walk-in rooms they needed, when they needed them, was important to the health of the food service, hospitality, and medical supply industries. Over the years, we have provided reliable equipment to customers all across England and South Wales.

We would be more than happy to quote you a price for a refrigerated trailer, refrigerated freezer or walk-in freezer or cold room for your next special event or expansion product. Also, do not hesitate to contact Icecool Trailers for emergency refrigeration. We are always standing by to serve our customers in London, Berkshire, and throughout England and South Wales at a moment's notice.


1. IOR – http://www.ior.org.uk/ior_news.php