Climate-friendly fridges now ‘mainstream’

A growing number of supermarkets are eliminating HFC gases from their cooling systems, according to a survey by campaign group EIA.

Marks & Spencer, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose have been praised by a campaign group for phasing out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in refrigeration.

The latest annual survey by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found 344 supermarkets have introduced more climate-friendly carbon dioxide or hydrocarbon systems to chill food.1

Although the figure represents less than 5% of the UK’s 8,000 supermarkets, EIA senior campaigner Fionnuala Walravens insists HFC-free refrigeration is becoming mainstream in the retail sector.

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