Government sets up refrigeration taskforce

The government has announced it is setting up a refrigeration taskforce that will specifically aim to cut energy usage and enhance the adoption of greener equipment in the retail sector.

Climate change minister Greg Barker told attendees at this week’s CGF Refrigeration Summit in London that supermarkets needed to show they are prepared to embrace new refrigeration technologies.

“This Coalition government remains determined to be the greenest ever and we need our retail sector – which is of great importance to the UK economy – to follow suit and take a leading role on energy efficiency,” declared Barker.

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“Refrigeration is a significant part of this and that is why I’m calling on retailers to agree to freeze out costly CFC refrigeration. I’m also setting up a new taskforce with the retail sector to help unlock the significant further potential for energy savings in this sector."

The taskforce is expected to be comprised of representatives from industry suppliers, retail experts and government departments.

The first set of findings is likely to be reported towards the end of the year, but Barker said the overall aim of the taskforce would be to help retailers overcome barriers to progress.

The CGF resolution on refrigeration states that members will begin phasing-out HFC refrigerants as of 2015 and replace them with non-HFC refrigerants where these are legally allowed and available for new purchases of point of sale units and large refrigeration installations.

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