Convenience stores (CVS) in Japan are undergoing a dramatic transformation, with the penetration of CO2 transcritical systems increasing year-on-year thanks to sizable government subsidies. shecco estimates that over 1,500 stores in Japan are currently using CO2 transcritical technology, of which 1,463 are CVS and 82 are supermarkets.
The 2015 edition of Eco-Products, one of Japan’s largest environmental exhibitions, attracted a total of 169,118 visitors to the Tokyo Big Sight across three days on 10-12 December – as well grand statements from one of the world’s biggest retailers.
Discount retailer Aldi continues to make waves in the United States as store numbers grow from year to year. This is boosting uptake of natural refrigerants in the US, with two Aldi stores in upstate New York gaining GreenChill Partnership Platinum Certification.
While transcritical CO2 systems are typically earmarked for new stores, Sobeys is showing that existing stores can be retrofitted with transcritical systems without negatively affecting sales.
With more than 1,350 installations all around Europe, SCM Frigo is now exporting its expertise to the Land of the Long White Cloud. The company’s planned Plug & Cool installation gives a pre-Christmas boost to New Zealand’s CO2 technology market, which is primed for acceleration in 2016.
The Delhaize Group, already on track to exceed its ‘Energy Plan 2020’ target to reduce its total greenhouse gas emissions by 20%, is on a mission to install as many natural refrigerant systems as possible across its global store network, including CO2 transcritical and hydrocarbon plug-ins.
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%.
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.
Matador Refrigeration completed the installation at the President Hyper Vaal store in Vereeniging, South Africa, using technology from CAREL SA. The project includes the biggest subcritical CO2 cascade refrigeration system in Southern Africa.