Ahold, the Dutch retailer, recently retrofitted the refrigeration systems in 175 of its supermarkets using the Chemours refrigerant 'Opteon XP40 (R-449A)', replacing the previously used R-407F and R-507A.
The retailer began the retrofit project in 2014 with the aim of reducing its CO2 emissions while maintaining its costs at the same level. Ahold managed to reduce its CO2 emissions by 57,000 tons per year as a result of the project. Its target was to reduce its CO2 emissions by 20% from levels in 2008 by 2015. Ahold tested the Opteon XP40 before rolling it across their stores after seeing a market reduction in the energy used by their refrigeration systems.
“To see these results has completely validated our decision to retrofit to Opteon XP40. We knew that XP40 would provide the environmental benefits as a low GWP refrigerant, but the cost savings and return on investment made it so that we could meet the increasing regulations while actually improving the performance of our refrigeration systems.”
“The results of the retrofit show that Opteon XP40 is the optimal low GWP replacement for commercial refrigeration systems.”
XP40 has a global warming potential which is 65% lower than R-404A. In addition, Chemours states that XP40 (R-449A) improves a system's efficiency by 12% compared to R-404A. Chemours forecasts that its XP40 refrigerant will be deployed worldwide in around 1,000 supermarket refrigeration systems by the end of 2016.