Refrigeration is essential for many sectors, particularly retail and hospitality. It can make up a large proportion of energy spend for companies working within the grocery supply chain – from manufacturing, through to storage, transportation and retail display of perishable food.
Refrigeration accounts for 50% of overall energy use in supermarkets; and 30% of overall energy use in pubs and clubs. Unsurprisingly it’s a significant source of two greenhouse gas emissions – carbon dioxide from the electricity used, and Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from refrigerant leakage. HFCs are 1,400 times more potent than carbon dioxide as a greenhouse gas, and represent 1.5% of total warming potential today.
The good news is that there are a lot of things businesses can do to reduce the energy consumption and global-warming potential of refrigeration systems. Actions include upgrading to more efficient equipment, converting to lower-emission refrigerants, and improving maintenance and control.
Reduced energy costs – through efficient equipment upgrades and energy saving measures
Compliance with refrigerant regulations
A vast reduction in GHG emissions – helping to meet net zero targets
Improved customer comfort – for example by putting doors on refrigeration display cabinets
Extended equipment life – through improved maintenance, housekeeping and control