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EIA releases Chilling Facts V

Claims new cooling technology a ‘double win’ for climate

| | Sep 19, 2013 | 9:34 am
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Claims new cooling technology a ‘double win’ for climate

Launching its new report Chilling Facts V, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) has revealed in a communiqué that supermarket chains throughout the EU, and particularly in the UK, were moving away from traditional hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) towards natural refrigerants, reaping big benefits in the process. EIA stressed that it is a new wave of technology  spurring a European refrigeration revolution – slashing energy usage and eliminating the need for harmful chemicals. The report comes just days after the G20 agreed to use the resources of the Montreal Protocol to phase-down HFCs and as the European Union debates new rules to cut HFC emissions, the agency added.

EIA elaborated that HFCs are a fluorinated or F-gas, hundreds or thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide (CO2) and  responsible for about two per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, and that they are used widely in refrigeration and leak into the atmosphere.

EIA claimed that companies responding to it highlighted the energy efficiency savings of new HFC-free systems, and pointed out that in Switzerland, Co-op Schweiz found annual energy efficiency improvements of 30% over its previous HFC systems, with additional heat recovery benefits, while Carrefour’s HFC-free store in Turkey reported energy efficiency improvements of about 15%. Chilling Facts V is also said to have found a significant rise in the number of stores adopting HFC-free systems.

“Moving away from HFCs is a double win for the climate, reducing energy demand and eliminating the need for these climate-damaging refrigerants,” said EIA Senior Campaigner Fionnuala Walravens. “European companies lead the world in natural refrigerant technology. The EU’s new rules should support this green economy and ensure a swift reduction in the availability of HFCs, supported by bans in new refrigeration and air conditioning equipment.”

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