UK-based Carter Retail Equipment is looking to expand its global presence by bringing natural refrigerant systems to the US supermarket sector. Accelerate Europe visited their factory on the edge of Birmingham to hear first hand how growing interest in CO2 transcritical installations in the United States is creating new opportunities for European businesses.
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.
Italian manufacturer of natural refrigerant equipment and R744.com gold partner Epta has bolstered its Nordic presence with key acquisition of Danish CO2 specialist Knudsen Køling.
2014 was an important year of ‘firsts’ for CO2 in terms of the refrigerant being applied in a wider range of applications in Europe, including transport, ice rinks, the HORECA food service sector, and more. The sixth annual ATMOsphere Europe 2015 conference heard from the technology providers and contractors of these projects, including Carrier Transicold, Green & Cool, Green Cooling, Thermo King and AF Consulting.
According to a new report by Carrier Commercial Refrigeration almost two-thirds of large supermarkets from North and West European countries now use natural refrigerants in their stores, a trend driven by company-wide sustainability policies, and one that is outpacing EU legislation. The study, developed in partnership with market development company shecco, seeks to provide a clear picture of the key drivers for and against the adoption of sustainable refrigeration and refrigerant options.