DELHAIZE TAPS CO2 AS ‘REFRIGERANT OF THE FUTURE’ The Belgium-based food retailer is on a mission to install as many natural refrigerant systems as possible across its global store network, which includes U.S. chains Food Lion and Hannaford Supermarkets — By James Ranson In late November Accelerate Europe (a new sister publication of Accelerate America) took a tour of Delhaize Group’s refurbished Chazal store in Schaerbeek, Brussels. Georgios Patkos, former director of the technical department for Brussels-based Delhaize, lent his technical insights, with his successor David Schalenbourg on hand to provide a window into the company’s sustainable future. Schalenbourg noted that, in Belgium alone, reducing energy consumption and refrigerant leaks, and retrofitting equipment with low-GWP refrigerants like CO2, have led to a 38% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, using 2008 as a baseline. As part of the its efforts to communicate its sustainability initiatives to its consumers, suppliers, and other
Delhaize’s Chazal store in Brussels, Belgium
stakeholders, Delhaize publishes progress on its targets annually and attends events like shecco’s ATMOsphere series on natural refrigerants. The company also engages with the Consumer Goods Forum’s Refrigeration Working Group via workshops with other retailers, manufacturers, and refrigeration suppliers to discuss how the market can lower the climate impact of refrigeration systems. Delhaize does not disclose specific targets on how many natural refrigerant systems it aims to install in the future. The simple message, though, is: the more, the merrier.
Accelerate America December 2015 / January 2016