June 2017 by EIA International
The latest EIA report focusing on the progress of major supermarket chains in moving away from the use of climate-damaging refrigerants and warning of potential financial problems for slow adopters.
The press release states “The adoption of climate-friendly cooling technology is on the rise in Europe – but some tardy retailers are heading for a major financial shock when drastic cuts in supplies of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) kick in.
The EU F-Gas Regulation, in effect since 2015, mandates a swift phase-down in the use of HFCs, a family of greenhouse gases hundreds to thousands of times more powerful than carbon dioxide (CO2) which are commonly used in refrigeration, air-conditioning, fire protection, aerosols and foams.
As of next year, market supplies of HFCs will be slashed by about 48 per cent in real terms, a move expected to result in drastic price hikes and supply shortages for those retailers yet to adopt climate-friendly alternatives; prices of some chemicals have already increased by 62 per cent in the first quarter of 2017.
For the latest report, 22 retailers submitted data for the 2015 calendar year from supermarkets across 37 countries. We led the work with a dozen German supermarkets chains, large and small.
The report urges manufacturers to invest in CO2 and other natural refrigerant technologies for large and small-format supermarkets and recommends governments to financially support smaller end-users to transition away from HFCs and provide incentives.