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EIA Chilling Facts: Are Europe’s supermarkets ready to quit HFCs? (GEN – 797.00)

05 July 2017

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EIA Chilling Facts: Are Europe’s supermarkets ready to quit HFCs? (GEN – 797.00)

05 July 2017

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GEN – 797.00. Since 2008, EIA’s Chilling Facts has been documenting the growing uptake of natural refrigerants among some of the world’s leading retailers, reflecting a market shift towards a more climate-friendly refrigeration in the supermarket sector. Twenty-two (large, but also small) retailers have participated in this 2017 report by submitting data covering the 2015 calendar year from supermarkets across 37 countries. This report assesses the impact of the F-Gas Regulation, the trends in HFC and natural refrigerants usage, and the energy efficiency of HFC-free systems. Within this article, the Eurovent Team has summarised key takeaways for members.

Since the last report was published in 2014, the HFC regulatory landscape has changed dramatically. In 2015, the European Union F-Gas Regulation came into force, putting in place a fast-acting HFC phase-down that will slash HFC supply by approximately 48 per cent in 2018.

For the seventh Chilling Facts report, 22 retailers participated by submitting data covering the 2015 calendar year from supermarkets across 37 countries.

This chilling fact report shows that the uptake of HFC-free technology is well under way across the EU, with CO2 transcritical systems spreading eastward and southward throughout Europe.

The report’s participants have shown that taking advantage of newly optimised refrigeration equipment and installing CO2 transcritical systems with parallel compression and ejector technology will reap energy efficiency rewards, even in locations in Brazil, Italy and Southern Spain. For retailers still struggling to introduce natural refrigerant technology in warmer climates, these latest developments should finally put to bed the myth that carbon dioxide systems cannot keep their cool in warm temperatures.

It is also reported that despite the proven efficiency of CO2 transcritical systems in warm climates, most retailers operating in southern Europe are still concerned about the energy efficiency or costs of HFC-free systems.  

The report has also analysed the trends in HFC usage among participating retailers: there is a sharp drop in HFC-507A use (-72%), the average drop in HFC-404A is just 23 per cent, while use of HFC-407A, HFC-407C and HFC-407F is up by 12 per cent, as supermarkets use these to retrofit HFC-404A systems.

The Chilling Fact report concluded that, despite the fact that HFC-free refrigeration is now well established, its uptake across the majority of European retailers is behind the pace needed to meet the EU’s fast-acting HFC phase-down. From 2018, the supply of HFCs to the market will be cut by 48 per cent in real terms. Yet, many retailers still use HFCs such as HFC-404A
across the majority of their estate.

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The PG-RDC members are invited to carefully analyse the findings of this report.

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GEN – 797.01 – EIA Chilling Facts VII – Report 0517 Final

https://eia-international.org/category/global-climate/chilling-facts

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