This annual report from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) focuses on the use of refrigerants with high global warming potential such as HFCs, in major supermarket chains in the UK and Europe. It investigates the progress made in shifting towards more climate-friendly alternatives.
The EIA report states that the use of HFCs in the retail sector is still a major cause for concern since on average, emissions from leaking refrigerant gas are still higher than those associated with energy use from the refrigeration equipment itself.
The report highlights that progress has nevertheless been made by many supermarkets. Today hybrid technology is used in 589 cases covered in the report (meaning that they use a mixture of HFCs and natural refrigerants) while over 1000 additional stores are using HFC-free technology.
Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Chilling Facts V: Retailers on the cusp of a global cooling revolution, September 2013.