Aldi announced plans to install natural refrigerant systems across all of its UK outlets

Aldi stores will soon boast a cleaner cold chain, after the supermarket retailer today announced plans to install natural refrigerant systems across all of its UK outlets. The German retail giant said it plans to switch all its fridge units to a system that uses carbon dioxide as a coolant, a natural refrigerant with a global warming potential (GWP) that is a fraction of alternatives such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). The nationwide conversion will start with a £20m programme to convert up to 100 stores by the end of 2018, Aldi said. The firm currently has around 700 outlets across the country. It said that once completed the switch will cut its potential refrigerant gas carbon emissions by 99 per cent.

"By choosing natural refrigerants, we are reducing our impact on the environment while also assuring our stores are future-proofed for years to come," Aldi UK communications director Mary Dunn said in a statement. "We are continually looking for ways to improve our environmentally friendly credentials, and upgrading our entire stores to energy-efficient refrigeration is a key part of our commitment to being a responsible retailer."

Source: www.businessgreen.com

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