Tesco chooses Solstice N40 for 900 Thai stores

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Published: 29 August 2017


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 Thai government’s national Energy Efficiency Development Plan (EEDP) targets long-term (2011-2030) energy conservation, both at the national level and within specific energy-consuming sectors including the transportation, commercial and residential sectors. Supermarkets are the most energy-intensive type of commercial building because of their large refrigeration systems, which can account for as much as half of their total energy use. 

“Tesco Lotus is committed to being a green retailer and achieving our sustainability goals through a number of energy-saving initiatives within our operation. We are proud to be the first retailer in Asia to switch to a more environmentally friendly refrigerant. Honeywell’s Solstice N40 meets our key criteria for energy efficiency and performance. It is also an easy replacement for our current refrigerant, ensuring no disruption for the 15 million customers we serve on a weekly basis,” said Miroslav Friml, Property Director, Tesco Lotus. 

“Tesco Lotus is leading the way in implementing next-generation, lower-GWP refrigerant solutions in Asia Pacific,” said Anna An, vice president and general manager of Honeywell Advanced Materials, Asia Pacific. “Thailand is the first country in this region to implement Solstice N40 as a sustainable solution, representing a significant part of Honeywell’s global installations. It is very encouraging to see supermarket companies in Asia voluntarily accelerate large-scale store conversions to more environmentally preferable refrigerants.”