RefNat4Life Newsletter #1
The first RefNat4LIFE newsletter includes information on recent project activities and invites shop owners and servicing companies to participate in our online market survey:
Participate in our online market survey
Get involved! Help to promote the switch to climate-friendly technologies in the small (organic) food retail sector and thus reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by participating in our online survey.
Stores selling food have a 50% higher energy usage than other commercial buildings. Refrigeration makes up to 30-50% of total energy in a store and therefore is a large contributor to a food retailer’s overall environmental impact.
Currently, no reliable data exists about the use of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating equipment, or on user needs in the Organic Food Retail (OFR)/ small food retail sector. There is a need to get a better understanding of small shop owners' needs, the status quo as well as cooling and heating technology trends (with the focus on refrigeration equipment) used by the OFR sector, small supermarkets (up to 1,000m² sales area) and other food markets across Europe.
Organic food retail and small shop owners
This survey among shop owners will help to understand the options and motivation of shop owners for the future introduction of new energy efficient and low GWP equipment in these sectors.
Based on the survey results, shop owners will be provided with a tool to benchmark energy and GHG emission performances for their appliances.
Servicing companies and contractors
This survey will help to understand the nature and scope of RACHP technicians working in OFR/small (food) market segments. The findings will provide a clear picture of the trends in servicing and refrigerant use patterns and also give an overview on the general awareness of using environmentally friendly refrigerants among RACHP technicians.
The full newsletter is accessible here.