Honeywell Refrigerant to Reduce Carbon Emissions of 1,200 Stores
Honeywell announced that Tesco, one of the world’s largest supermarket chains, is converting more than 1,200 stores across the United Kingdom to Honeywell’s Solstice® N40 refrigerant in order to meet its carbon reduction commitments. The conversion will take place over the next three years, with the first 60 stores already converted.
In November 2015, Tesco committed to the parties of the United Nations Climate Change conference in Paris (COP21) to carbon reduction from refrigeration systems. Part of the work to support this was focused on reducing its refrigerant emissions by 26.5 percent compared with a 2006/2007 baseline. Part of its strategy is to switch to Honeywell’s Solstice N40 from R-404A, which it uses today. The switch to R-448 will lead to a 40% reduction in refrigerant emissions in the 1,200 Tesco stores covered. In 2016, refrigerant emissions accounted for 15% of Tesco’s direct carbon footprint.
Tesco’s current refrigerant, R-404A, is a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) with a high GWP of 3,943. By comparison, Solstice N40 has a GWP of 1,273, making it the lowest-GWP, nonflammable refrigerant commercially available today that can be used to replace R-404A in supermarket refrigeration systems. Solstice N40 is a near drop-in replacement for R-404A.
“We set aggressive sustainability goals and were committed to achieving them without impacting our customers,” said Matthew Reeves-Smith, Group Head of Refrigeration & HVAC, Tesco. “We sought the best technology to convert 1,200 stores in three years and found our solution in Solstice N40. This refrigerant meets all our key criteria including energy efficiency, system performance and maintenance. The fact that it is a near drop-in replacement for our current refrigerant helps ensure a smooth, ongoing conversion process over the next three years.”
Solstice N40 is the supermarket industry’s most commonly used, lowest-GWP, non-flammable refrigerant to replace R-404A, and can be used in new installations as well as in installed systems that use high-global warming refrigerants like R-404A, R-507 and interim blends. More than 2,000 supermarket installations were completed with Solstice N40 by the end of 2016.
“More and more supermarket companies are using Solstice N40 in large-scale store conversions, as it is the ideal solution to help meet their energy efficiency and sustainability goals,” said Robert Kebby, refrigeration global business manager for Honeywell Fluorine Products. “Honeywell encourages customers to accelerate the conversion to immediately available, environmentally preferable refrigerants and avoid expected legacy product scarcity.”
The success of the Tesco conversion project requires a close collaboration between Honeywell and its partners. A-Gas, a major distributor of Honeywell refrigerants for the UK, provides a reclaim and testing facility. Climate Center provides national delivery and collection of new and reclaimed refrigerants, while Carter Synergy and Space Engineering provides the expertise for the actual conversions.