Supermarkets worldwide strive for sustainable refrigeration

“Sustainability” is a big word with supermarket operators everywhere. For anyone that runs a store or manages its infrastructure, it’s important to have a strategy in place for managing physical assets that’s reliable, repeatable and won’t cause any long-term problems for either the environment or the company’s bottom line. Solving this puzzle is a key part of putting together a strong business model.

Managers are leaving no stone unturned in their search for the perfect sustainability strategy. They’re looking at everything, from their approach to refrigeration design and installation to other decisions they make in project management.

According to a Eurammon company release, one key tactic that companies are trying these days is centered around natural refrigerants. By switching up the fuels used to power their refrigeration systems, companies can become more efficient and run less risk of regulatory issues that may tarnish their reputations.

Real opportunity for growth

For supermarkets looking for ways to grow their business reliably, refrigeration project management is a key area. Eurammon, the European initiative that promotes natural refrigerants, says that cutting down on unnecessary energy consumption is key. Board member Mark Bulmer believes that natural refrigerants could make all the difference.

“Depending on the local conditions, today it is possible to develop an individual solution with natural refrigerants for every supermarket,” Bulmer said. “There are two good reasons in their favor – firstly, they have no or only negligible global warming potential, and secondly, supermarket refrigerating systems with natural refrigerants are energy-efficient in operation.”

By making better decisions where sustainability is concerned, companies could take big steps toward real business growth.

A worldwide point of emphasis

This isn’t just a major priority for supermarkets in developed economic powers like the U.S., the U.K. and Germany. Really, businesses everywhere can benefit. Bulmer noted that even many African merchants are looking to overhaul their approach and use better refrigerants.

“Thanks to intensive research and development in recent years, natural refrigerants permit energy-efficient operation today in many areas,” he said. “Depending on the service life, the partly higher investment in the systems can be recuperated by lower overheads, thanks to reduced energy costs and less expenditure on refrigerants.”

Changing up one’s refrigeration strategy is a solid approach to fiscal growth for a business of any size, in any economic situation. Small stores can steadily increase their scope, and big corporations can grow their profit margins and push farther into the black.

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