For a limited time, the North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC) is offering free access to its on-demand presentations highlighting the latest natural refrigerant technologies for supermarket and food retail applications. This first-of-its-kind library of on-demand presentations showcases natural refrigerant technology solutions for both new and existing supermarket facilities.
Due to the high GWP of traditional HFC refrigerants, supermarkets are facing growing regulatory pressures to transition to low-GWP refrigerant technologies. According to NASRC, natural refrigerants, including ammonia, hydrocarbons, and carbon dioxide, are the most climate-friendly solution, as well as the most effective way for supermarkets to achieve regulatory compliance. But high upfront costs and other market barriers have prevented their widespread adoption, contributing to uncertainty around the low-GWP technologies that will best meet the needs of each supermarket.
“We heard from our retailer members that there was a lack of information on viable natural refrigerant technology options,” said Danielle Wright, executive director of NASRC. “Retailers need to fully understand the benefits and trade-offs of each technology option in order to make sound decisions and effectively navigate increasing refrigerant regulations.”
To address this challenge, NASRC hosted a webinar series in which NASRC members presented the latest natural refrigerant technology offerings. Presentations focused on options for existing stores, which are especially challenging, as they require a costly full or partial system replacement to allow for the use of natural refrigerants. For a limited time, NASRC has made all webinar recordings available on-demand for free in a new Natural Refrigerant Technology Library.
“Our goal with this series was to help supermarkets and their partners learn about natural refrigerant technologies that meet their needs in both new and existing stores,” said Wright. “This information is also critical for policymakers and utilities to make informed decisions that will shape energy and refrigerant regulations.”