A survey of large food retailers across northern Europe has found that more than 60 per cent of them have now implemented natural refrigeration technology.
The survey, by market researcher shecco in partnership with manufacturer Carrier, also found that a surprising 7 per cent of respondents declared they had no strategy at all regarding carbon reduction.
The study of predominantly large food retailers in Germany, France, UK, Denmark and Norway found that 71 per cent of respondents had policies that had been initiated at the highest levels of their organisations to drive carbon footprint reduction through refrigeration. The use of energy-efficient and low-GWP refrigerants was identified as the most important environmental feature to increase a store’s energy efficiency. The respondents ranked refrigeration above lighting, overall energy management and fleet management in terms of importance.
“While legislation can be a key driver in accelerating the pace of deployment of sustainability activities, more and more food retailers are proactively seeking new technologies to align with their company’s sustainability agendas, promising direct and indirect business value,” said shecco head of market research Nina Masson. “Those who are taking a lead in the adoption of natural refrigerants have anticipated the change in legislation.”
Respondents reported that they rated natural refrigerant systems better than HFCs in terms of performance and energy efficiency, on a par with them in terms of reliability and safety and in terms of return on investment and lifecycle costs. But they rated the natural option as below HFCs when it came to the servicing infrastructure and initial cost.
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