Sainsbury's trials worlds first naturally refrigerated trailer
Sainsburys is trialling the worlds first naturally refrigerated trailer to transport its chilled and frozen goods. The CO2 refrigerated unit trial is part of the supermarkets review of its transport refrigeration gas as it aims to reduce its carbon footprint, which includes converting its stores to natural refrigeration by 2030.
Sainsbury’s is working with Carrier Transicold in a two year trial of the new HFC-free cooling technology for road transport, using a modified version of Carrier’s NaturaLINE refrigeration system, which was initially developed for deep sea containers.
Nick Davies, Sainsbury’s head of transport operations, explained: “The new carbon dioxide technology has much less of an impact on climate change and we hope it will play a big part in helping us reduce our carbon emissions. We will be monitoring its performance closely and if successful, in line with our replacement plan, it could help us save over 70,000 tonnes of CO2 compared to the current refrigerated trailer fleet.”
David Appel, president of Carrier Transicold, said: “This is the very first time that our NaturaLINE system has been mounted to a box trailer anywhere in the world. It’s also much better news for the environment because natural refrigerant CO2 is non-ozone depleting and has a Global Warming Potential of one.”
Sainsbury’s has also recently extended its environmentally friendly Dual-Fuel fleet, which operates on a combination of diesel and bio-methane produced from rotting organic material in landfill, to 51 vehicles.
Underpinned by its 20x20 Sustainability Plan, Sainsbury’s is aiming to reduce its depot to store transport CO2 emissions by 35% by 2020 and to achieve an absolute reduction of 50% by 2030 against a 2005 baseline.
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