Colruyt Group signs Green Deal for Climate-friendly Refrigeration
Colruyt Group co-signs the Green Deal for Climate-friendly Refrigeration, an agreement between the retail sector and the Flemish government. With this Green Deal, we continue on the path we embarked on and we systematically replace old refrigeration systems using F-gases with more sustainable alternatives using natural refrigeration. A change we have been working on since 2015.
Fluorinated greenhouse gases (F-gases) are mainly used as refrigerants in refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat pump equipment. F-gases are damaging to the atmosphere when released during leaks or careless disposal of the equipment at the end of its service life. With the Green Deal for Climate-Friendly Refrigeration, we and fellow retailers, refrigeration companies and sector federations commit to reducing the emission of these F-gases in stores to an absolute minimum by 2030.
"Since 2012, Colruyt Group has been investing in research into refrigeration systems using natural refrigerants," says project manager Collin Bootsveld. "In 2015, we opened the first Bio-Planet with refrigeration installations using propane/propylene gas. In the meantime, we equipped 128 of our stores with this environment-friendly system and heat 64 with the residual heat from the refrigeration unit. With this Green Deal, we continue on the path we embarked on and we systematically replace old refrigeration systems using F-gases with more sustainable alternatives. With this Green Deal, we hope to inspire other companies in the distribution sector and cooling system manufacturers to choose natural coolants."
The biggest emission of F-gases in refrigeration systems is the result of leaking coolants. "At Colruyt Group, we closely monitor our cooling units with sensors. At the slightest suspicion of a leak, we can immediately send our technicians to the spot," says Peter Basteleus, Techniques department head at Colruyt Group. The Green Deal aims for an annual reduction of 5% in the emission of F-gases, banning their use in supermarket refrigeration systems as from 2030.
With this Green Deal, we continue to systematically replacing old cooling units using F-gases with more sustainable alternatives.