UK: A ground-breaking new research project will investigate energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from the transport, industrial and commercial refrigeration sectors in the UK.
The new project will carry out in-depth research into data centres, food and drink manufacturing sites, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing, retail, cold stores and transport refrigeration units.
The research is being funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to look into trends, emissions and innovation potential of decarbonising industrial and commercial refrigeration. Its aim is to identify how to facilitate sector-wide decarbonisation and achieve net zero.
The work will run for two years and will include roadmaps, sector-specific guidance, training and a programme of events in 2023/4 which will be used to drive forward decarbonisation strategies and policies in transport, industrial and commercial refrigeration sectors.
The research work is being managed by a consortium of experts led by London South Bank University (LSBU). Partners in the project include Carbon Limiting Technologies, the Carbon Trust, Carbon 3 IT, the Centre for Sustainable Cooling at the University of Birmingham, the Institute of Refrigeration and Star Technical Solutions.
“Our team of experts will foster vital long-term collaboration between industry, academia and government and ensure that the findings from the research are widely disseminated,” said Catarina Marques, senior research fellow in the School of Engineering at LSBU and director of the consortium.