Supermarket giant Tesco is converting more than 1,200 stores in the UK from R-404A to Honeywell's Solstice® N40 refrigerant (R-448A). The move is expected to cut Tesco's carbon footprint by up to 40%, equivalent to removing 70,000 cars from the road over the next three years.
In November 2015, Tesco committed to the parties of the United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris to carbon reduction from refrigeration systems. Part of the work to support this involved reducing its refrigerant emissions by 26.5% compared with a 2006/2007 baseline. Part of its strategy is to switch to Honeywell’s Solstice N40 from R-404A.
“We set aggressive sustainability goals and were committed to achieving them without impacting our customers,” said Matthew Reeves-Smith, Group Head of Refrigeration & HVAC at Tesco. “We sought the best technology to convert 1,200 stores in three years and found our solution in Solstice N40. This refrigerant meets all our key criteria including energy efficiency, system performance and maintenance. The fact that it is a near drop-in replacement for our current refrigerant helps ensure a smooth, ongoing conversion process over the next three years.”
Solstice N40 is the supermarket industry’s most commonly used, lowest-GWP, nonflammable refrigerant to replace R-404A, and can be used in new installations as well as in installed systems that use high-global warming refrigerants like R-404A, R-507 and interim blends. More than 2,000 supermarket installations were completed with Solstice N40 by the end of 2016.
“More and more supermarket companies are using Solstice N40 in large-scale store conversions, as it is the ideal solution to help meet their energy efficiency and sustainability goals,” said Robert Kebby, Refrigeration Global Business Manager for Honeywell Fluorine Products. “Honeywell encourages customers to accelerate the conversion to immediately available, environmentally preferable refrigerants and avoid expected legacy product scarcity.”
Around 60 stores have already been converted, with the remainder to follow over the next three years. The success of the project requires a close collaboration between Honeywell and its partners. A-Gas, a major distributor of Honeywell refrigerants in the UK, provides a reclaim and testing facility. Climate Center provides national delivery and collection of new and reclaimed refrigerants, while Carter Synergy and Space Engineering provides the expertise for the actual conversions.
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