Thai retailer Tesco Lotus is converting 900 Express stores to Honeywell’s Solstice N40 refrigerant to reduce carbon emissions. It is the first implementation in Asia of Solstice N40, the non-flammable replacement for R404A in the supermarket industry.
Tesco Group — the global parent company of Tesco Lotus in Thailand — is upgrading its supermarket refrigeration systems worldwide to lower-GWP refrigerants as part of its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint. By converting all of its 1,500 Express stores in Thailand over the next two years to Solstice N40 (R448A), the retail giant aims to achieve energy savings of up to 10%. This is equivalent to removing more than 67,000 cars from the road.
The energy labelling laws mean that customers demand the most efficient air conditioning systems. Inverter models have been popular products. The Thai air conditioning market is around 1.2 million air conditioning units a year, according to the 2014 figures from the Japan Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Industry Association. Thailand is the second biggest market in the south east Asian region.
Fujitsu released its well-mounted air conditioning system into the market in April, which the company expects to be its best selling model.