Since the heat waves of 2018 and 2019 in Europe, Belgian retailer Delhaize, part of the Ahold Delhaize Group, accelerated its installation of CO2 (R744) refrigeration units to realize a 20% reduction of energy consumption in existing buildings and a 40% reduction in well-insulated, new buildings.
That update was provided by David Schalenbourg, Director of Delhaize Technics (Architecture, Construction and Maintenance), Delhaize Division at the November 2022 ATMOsphere (ATMO) Europe Summit in Brussels. ATMO Europe was organized by ATMOsphere, publisher of R744.com.,
In his presentation “Every Tonne Counts…” he described the company’s efforts to drive down carbon emissions through installing new CO2 cooling units and sourcing green energy.
In Belgium and Luxembourg, Ahold Delhaize operates or affiliates with 900 stores. Of the 140 corporate stores, 96 operate using transcritical CO2 refrigeration. Of the affiliated stores, 160 of the 760 stores (with independent owners) refrigerate with transcritical CO2 systems. The company is rolling out CO2 refrigeration at Delhaize stores in Belgium and Luxembourg stores at “the pace of remodelings,” he said