David Schalenbourg, of global retail giant the Ahold Delhaize group, will join several prominent end users to speak at the upcoming ATMOsphere Asia conference, in Bangkok, Thailand on 6 September.
Ahold Delhaize's headquarters in Zaandam, Netherlands
David Schalenbourg of global retail giant the Ahold Delhaize group will speak at the upcoming ATMOsphere Asia conference, in Bangkok, Thailand on 6 September.
As the company’s director of building projects, format and maintenance, Schalenbourg will provide conference attendees with Ahold Delhaize’s valuable insight and experience as a global leader in natural refrigerant technology adoption.
The Ahold Delhaize group, which accounts for over 6,500 stores in 11 countries around the world, has invested heavily in natural refrigerants as a key part of its corporate sustainability strategy.
“This is a case where doing the right thing makes good long and short-term business sense, enabling efficiencies and increasing profits.”
– David Schalenbourg, Ahold Delhaize
The company now boasts a 100% CO2-neutral store in the Netherlands where CO2 and propane are being used to provide the supermarket’s entire cooling needs.
In addition, under the Hannaford brand of supermarkets in the U.S., Ahold Delhaize has installed transcritical CO2 booster systems in two stores since 2013, along with completing a transcritical CO2 system retrofit at a supermarket in the state of New Hampshire.
The group’s push to adopt natural refrigerant technology has been driven by its overall commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its business operations.
A large part of this commitment, Schalenbourg says, specifically includes reducing emissions and increasing the energy efficiency of refrigeration systems.
“This is a case where doing the right thing makes good long and short-term business sense, enabling efficiencies and increasing profits,” he said.
All this has led to impressive results seen over the past year.
“In 2016,” he added, “we continued to reduce our CO2 emissions per square metre of sales area, our total energy consumption is going down, [all] while the refrigerants are getting more environmentally friendly and are leaking less.”
Schalenbourg offers stakeholders in the Asian Pacific region an immense amount of knowledge and expertise on the business case for natural refrigerants from Ahold Delhaize’s perspective.
Be sure not to miss him, as he joins several other prominent end users at ATMOsphere Asia this September.