UAE retailer switches to Solstice N40


22 June 2022

A grocery retailer based in the United Arab Emirates has adopted Honeywell's Solstice N40 (R448A) refrigerant to retrofit one of its Dubai stores currently using R22. Organic Foods and Café plans to continue retrofitting stores throughout the UAE with Solstice N40 to prioritise sustainability and support its environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.

Based on hydrofluoroolefin technology, Solstice N40 has become widely adopted by supermarkets as a lower global warming potential (GWP) nonflammable refrigerant replacement for legacy hydrochlorofluorocarbon (HCFC) refrigerants such as R22 and other hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) alternatives.

Since its release in 2015, there have been more than 60,000 installations of Solstice N40 globally, supporting compliance with current and proposed regulations, including the internationally adopted Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, with the aim of reducing the use of ozone-depleting HCFCs and high-GWP HFCs.

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Honeywell says Solstice N40 is easy to implement, requiring minimal changes to existing systems, offers a GWP that is approximately 68% lower than legacy HFC refrigerants, and allows for up to 15 percent lower energy consumption, reducing carbon emissions.

“Solstice N40 is the practical and economical choice to support sustainable operations while reducing energy costs,” said Nils El Accad, CEO of Organic Foods and Café. “This environmentally-preferable solution coupled with technical support from Honeywell’s team allowed us to easily retrofit our Dubai store location while complying with existing and proposed requirements of the Middle East market, benefiting the environment and economy.”

“Solstice N40 is already a leading choice for supermarkets worldwide and its growing adoption in the region is a sign of growing awareness and action against global warming as customers move away from legacy refrigerants such as R22,” said George Bou Mitri, vice president and general manager of Performance Materials and Technologies for the Middle East at Honeywell. “Switching to this ready-now, environmentally-preferable, longer-term solution will not only contribute to the sustainable practices of Organic Foods and Café, but will also help to accelerate the industry’s conversion to alternatives that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Based in Dubai and founded in 2004, Organic Foods and Café is a family-operated company with organic supermarkets and cafés that sell fresh, organic and biodynamic foods, groceries, supplements, meat, dairy products, bread and household cleaning products.