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Aldi UK commits to full CO2 refrigeration switch

Retailer will initially convert 100 stores by the end of next year before wider national switch

Aldi has set out plans to try and up the low-GWP ante on major supermarket rivals through the installation of CO2 refrigeration in its UK stores.

A total of 700 properties will be involved in the programme. An estimated 100 stores will initially switch to the refrigeration system by the end of next year as part of first stage work estimated to cost around £20m.

As reported in the Digital Edition of September’s RAC Magazine, the switch in refrigerant is expected to cut the retailer’s gas carbon emission by 99 per cent.

CO2 units are already in use in some of Aldi’s UK stores, such as its recently opened Nuneaton store.

In choosing to exapnd their use, Aldi UK communications director Mary Dunn said the company was continuing to look for ways to improve its environmental credentials.

“Upgrading our entire stores to energy-efficient refrigeration is a key part of our commitment to being a responsible retailer,” she said.

In total four companies will provide CO2 refrigeration packs designs to support the company’s aims. These groups include A1 Engineering, Artic Circle, Epta and Lithuanian manufacturer REFRA. 

Installation will be overseen by A1, Integral, EPTA and TRS, according to Aldi.

Aldi UK’s commitments have been set out at a time where the wider UK Supermarket industry is announcing broader plans to overhaul refrigeration needs. 

The full story on its Low-GWP ambitions can be read on page 4 of this month’s RAC Magazine. The digital edition of the magazine can be read here.

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