Food & Drink Process & Packaging Issue 15 2017 - Page 55

Clean Cooling in Europe How Food Retailers are Tackling HFCs European retailers see the shift away from HFC refrigerants as a positive change Important drivers for retailers making the shift away from HFC refrigerants 57% 53% Safety 48% Energy Efficiency Environmental Sustainability Retailers are not always opting for their ideal choice Propane or other HC systems But the industry has some catching up to do Preference for low GWP refrigeration technologies Main perceived challenges 56% Only have started the shift away from HFCs refrigerants 10% Less than (8.5%) of companies with under 200 employees have started the shift 40% are unaware of upcoming regulatory changes 43 % Operational cost 42 % Safety Refrigeration technologies retailers have switched to Retailers want incentives to accelerate the HFC phase-down process 43 % 40 % 33 % Depreciation schemes or other tax rebates Cheaper low GWP refrigerants Interest free loans Source: ComRes survey of retail professionals in France, Germany and UK. Results published by Emerson, October 2017. hydrocarbon integral systems over the challenges and opportunities by finding less expensive low GWP a 10 year period. Furthermore while for making the transition away from options (40 percent). This places an CO2 is a significant improvement HFCs.  onus on regulatory bodies to provide over HFCs in terms of global warming potential (GWP), it is found to have Challenges identified included ope- lower energy efficiency performance rational expenditure and installation and higher maintenance require- disruption which drew significant ments than other alternatives. scores of 43 percent and 33 percent more incentives to retailers looking to make the shift, and to invest more in the research and development of new technologies. respectively.  Yet interestingly, cost “The EU F-gas regulation has placed alone was not identified as the main Survey findings are based on an a significant amount of pressure on priority for selecting a new refrigera- online poll of 140 professionals with food retailers to quickly transition tion system. The survey highlighted decision-making responsibility for away from HFCs,” Eric Winandy said. the desirability of energy efficiency “The challenge for the industry will and environmental sustainability, purchasing in the retail sector. This be to balance this pressure with the with energy efficiency scoring 48 need to take the time to learn about percent and environmental sustaina- all the options available, and what it bility 39 percent. means for businesses in the long- included 40 participants in France, 50 in Germany, and 50 in the UK. Fieldwork was conducted by ComRes between the 15th and 31st of Au- gust, 2017. term. Choosing the right system to When asked what would encoura- replace HFCs can be a win on mul- ge respondents to accelerate the tiple fronts. It can help retailers see replacement of HFC refrigeration More information on natural refrige- cost, operational and environmental systems with lower global warming rants, including system options, arti- benefits.” potential options, depreciation sche- cles and webinars can also be found mes or other tax rebates were the The survey also shed some light on most popular (43 percent), followed at www.emersonclimate.eu.   FDPP - www.fdpp.co.uk 55