French food retail giant Carrefour set the stage for a broad discussion during its ‘Innovation Forum’ about competition between natural systems, the trend towards smaller stores, and the need for integrated HVAC&R solutions.
Two years after launching the first transcritical CO2 system in Romania at its hypermarket in Galati, Carrefour has successfully installed a new system with CO2 ejector technology in Timisoara. The store is the first in Romania to use this modern technology, which is expected to deliver energy savings of 13%.
Delegates attending UNFCCC climate talks in Paris clinched a historic deal this weekend (12 December), uniting all the world’s nations in a single agreement to tackle climate change for the first time. The consensus, reached among nearly 200 countries at COP21 in Paris, aims to keep the global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius. Wider use of natural refrigerants could help to deliver that target.
In the inaugural edition of Accelerate Europe, one of the world’s largest retail and wholesale companies, METRO AG, has made natural refrigerants an integral part of its trailblazing environmental sustainability strategy.
A new store recently open in Murcia, Spain combines CO2 and hydrocarbon (R290) refrigeration systems; solutions becoming common practice in the food retail sector as natural refrigerants help address the Spanish f-gas tax.
At Supermercados Hiber, energy efficiency and environment are key players in the company’s decisions. In 2012, Hiber had the first store in Spain using only CO2 as refrigerant and in 2014 made history with the first Spanish urban CO2 transcritical store.
Bitzer UK has increased its activities, launching training initiatives to support the vibrant and growing British market while also expanding its remanufacturing service centre Green Point, which was launched last year.
Hydrocarbons and CO2 are moving to become the European standard for commercial refrigeration equipment, ice makers, and refrigerated display cases. SandenVendo, Epta, Liebherr and AHT Cooling Systems were among those showcasing this accelerating trend at HOST Milano 2015.
Epta has installed a CO2 transcritical cooling system in a banana ripening facility in Germany to ensure perfect temperatures throughout the ripening process.