EUROPE: A new report publshed by Carrier Commercial Refrigeration and developed in conjuntion with Shecco, reveals that almost two-thirds of large supermarkets surveyed in northern and western Europe are now operating natural refrigerants systems. With the number of supermarkets running CO2 refrigeration systems having reached 2,885 in 2013.
The study of large food retailers in Germany, France, Denmark, Norway and the UK found 65% of respondents had begun to implement natural refrigeration technologies in their stores.
“This research reflects the shift we’ve observed across the industry over the past two years,” said Thierry Jomard, president, Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Europe. “What we’re seeing today is an intersection point between legislation and increased acceptance of how natural refrigerant technologies can contribute to the overarching goals of carbon footprint reduction and increased energy efficiency.
“Retailers increasingly recognize that natural refrigerants represent a future-proof investment in terms of legislative compliance.
“We’re seeing evidence now of early adopters looking even further ahead toward more holistic thinking about combining heating and cooling, using integrated system solutions to optimize overall energy management.”
In line with the recent trend toward natural refrigerants in commercial refrigeration applications, Carrier has expanded its portfolio of CO2OLtec® systems, which operate on CO2 refrigerant. Based on CO2 booster systems, the current CO2OLtec range provides cooling capacities for small stores to large warehouses, allowing them to efficiently operate in all European climates.
The key challenges still ahead is to make the CO2 technology readily accessible and cost effective for smaller convenience stores, and food retailers in southern Europe, where warmer temperatures reduce the effectiveness of CO2 systems.
The study has been developed by Carrier Commercial Refrigeration, Europe, in conjunction with market development company Shecco, who are behind websites R744.com, hydrocarbons21.com, ammonia21.com and R718.com
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About Carrier: Founded by the inventor of modern air conditioning, Carrier is the world’s leader in high-technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions. Carrier experts provide sustainable solutions, integrating energy-efficient products, building controls and energy services for residential, commercial, retail, transport and food service customers. Carrier is a part of UTC Building & Industrial Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.carrier.com or follow @CarrierGreen on Twitter.
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