The EU has set a new objective to reduce greenhouse emissions by 21 per cent by 2030, compared to the average emissions in the period from 2009 to 2012. That doesn’t mean that it will be prohibited to install devices using a high GWP refrigerant, but it gives manufacturers and consumers an extra incentive to choose environmentally friendly alternatives. However, some products will be banned if they have a GWP-value higher than the permitted level.
Panasonic’s cooling and freezing units are available from 1.6 kW to 14.6 kW in freezing operation. They are 20 per cent more energy efficient than other products with the conventional refrigerant R404A, which is partly due to the unique 2-stage compressor. In addition, the units are quiet and lightweight; Panasonic’s 3.55 kW cooling capacity unit weighs just 67 kg, which is one of the lightest on the market within this category.
Panasonic Heating and Cooling has just launched a CO2 cooling test project at the COOP grocery store in the Danish town of Randers. It is the first Panasonic CO2-system in Europe, and the market for this type of cooling unit is estimated to grow rapidly in this region. In 2009, Panasonic was the first company in the industry to begin verification testing of CO2 refrigerant devices in Japan, and has since released four different models in Japan from 2010 up to the present day.
Panasonic continues to develop more sustainable and environmentally friendly products, and will support the green transition in Europe with further investment into CO2 technologies. The goal is to take the lead in promoting natural refrigerants and contributions to the environment in the food industry globally.