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Poll finds European retailers are optimistic about transition from HFCs but challenges remain

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One year after the global Kigali amendment to phase-down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), new survey findings from Emerson and international polling company ComRes examine how European retailers are navigating away from HFCs towards lower global warming alternatives.

The survey asked professionals in the retail sector to comment on their preparedness for and awareness of more sustainable technologies, and the primary challenges associated with the shift away from HFCs. The main findings include:

  • Only 56% of food retailers across France, Germany and the UK have started making the shift away from HFCs;
  • 40% of respondents are not fully aware of upcoming regulatory changes related to the phase-down of HFC refrigerants;
  • Interestingly, cost did not rank as a top priority for selecting a new refrigeration system, although it is one of the most common identified challenges associated with making the shift.

For more results from the poll, read the press release by Emerson here. See also the 2007 FCRN report on refrigeration, its complex relationship with waste and our societal dependence on the chil-chain, here (pdf).

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Europe is the world's second-smallest continent by surface area, covering just over 10 million square kilometres or 6.8% of the global land area, but it is the third-most populous continent after Asia and Africa, with a population of around 740 million people or about 11% of the world's population. Its climate is heavily affected by warm Atlantic currents that temper winters and summers on much of the continent. In the European Union, farmers represent only 4.7% of the working population, yet manage nearly half of its land area.

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