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.
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.
At about the same time in late September, about 80 miles apart, two of North America’s primary training organisations—the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) and the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES)—held their annual conferences.
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.