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Report plots increase in CO2 systems

1389610562667024_73251-44BRUSSELS: A new report reveals that CO2 is being used in over 4,500 supermarket refrigeration systems across Europe.

The new report, Guide 2014: Natural Refrigerants – Continued Growth and Innovation in Europe, by natural refrigerants group Shecco reveals that there was a total of 2,885 transcritical stores in Europe in 2013 – an increase of 117% from its last survey in 2012. In addition, CO2 was being employed in cascade systems with other refrigerants in 1,662 stores last year.

The nearly 200-page-long publication provides an essential update on the market evolution of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating applications using CO2, ammonia, hydrocarbons, water and air. It includes data on the latest market trends, a business directory of over 400 companies working with natural refrigerants in Europe, brand new supermarket maps, and survey results from 376 European hvacr industry experts.

“We are publishing the Guide EU 2014 at a point in time when proposed European-level rules on the restricted or banned use of f-gases are expected to take effect,” commented Shecco md Marc Chasserot.

The last two years have seen considerable changes in the European natural refrigerant market. Tracking the upswing in natural refrigerant investments the updated Guide Europe presents results from a new survey of 367 hvacr industry experts, over half of whom believe that CO2 will experience a “strong increase” in use by 2020, in particular in the mobile air conditioning and commercial refrigeration sectors.

“This is a stronger message than that reported in the previous Guide Europe, where a third of respondents believed that the market share of naturals would increase to more than 50%,” said Marc Chasserot.

The Guide Europe 2014 can be viewed and downloaded here

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