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Tesco helps to expand global take-up of CO2 refrigeration

Retailer says it will offer its economies of scale for supply chain in bid to help take-up of natural refrigerants around the world

Tesco group engineering standards manager Bob Hurley says the retailer is offering its scale to help make carbon dioixide a ‘global solution’ for retail applications. In an interview with natural refrigerants website R744.com, Mr Hurley, tasked with rolling out international solutions for Tesco said he believed that further development would also improve the efficiency of the refrigerant in retail installation.

He said: “I think we can get more efficiency out of CO2 and that’s the journey we are on. We are also looking at using our scale for good, to bring economies of scale to the CO2 market, so that we turn this technology into a global solution. I believe that is what will start to drive the expansion elsewhere.”

Mr Hurley said the biggest challenge to the wider take-up of CO2 is currently cost. “We have installed five systems in China, and the majority of those had up to a 50 per cent cost increase. This shows our commitment, but clearly that’s not a sustainable spend, so we are working hard to bring those costs down. I think if we scale up in terms of the transcritical Booster systems, we can get to parity. It’s a journey, but I think we can get there, because if you look at all of the Consumer Goods Forum end users moving in the same direction, then from a manufacturing point of view, CO2 is on the way to becoming a standard.”

See the full R744.com interview here

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