The European Union Fluorinated Greenhouse Gases Regulation (EU F-Gas Regulation), which calls on retailers to phase down the use of high-global-warming-potential (GWP) refrigerants, led E.Leclerc in Moissac to collaborate with Honeywell for a more sustainable alternative for refrigeration applications. Honeywell’s Solstice L40X technology was recommended by Climalife Dehon and has been in place in the Moissac store since it opened earlier this year. Solstice L40X will help improve efficiency while meeting the regulations.
Solstice L40X is a ready-now solution for commercial refrigeration applications like condensing systems, plug-ins, food service, water-loop and monoblock systems. Its low-GWP of 146 allows retailers to remain compliant with the EU F-Gas Regulation and contribute to sustainability goals. Solstice L40X can be installed and serviced by routine contractors and its high critical temperature and low critical pressure characteristics make it an ideal candidate for high ambient temperatures.
“We intended to find an alternative refrigerant with high performance that is compatible with our existing infrastructure and keeps us in compliance with the recent legislation put in place,” said Régis Plet, technical manager for E.Leclerc in Moissac. “Honeywell and Climalife Dehon provided us with the necessary information and guidance that led us to elect Solstice L40X (R-455A) as a long-term, future-proof solution.”
“As record-breaking temperatures hit Europe this past summer, it became increasingly clear that reliability is of utmost importance to prevent food spoilage in high ambient temperatures,” said Julien Soulet, vice president and general manager, Fluorine Products, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Honeywell Advanced Materials. “High energy efficiency and performance in both high and low ambient temperatures makes Honeywell Solstice L40X an ideal candidate for such conditions. We are committed to providing our customers like E.Leclerc in Moissac with next-generation refrigerants that help advance their environmental transformations and reduce their energy bills without sacrificing performance.”
Honeywell has invested more than one billion dollars in research, development and new capacity for its Solstice technology, having anticipated the need for lower-GWP solutions to combat climate change more than a decade ago. The product line, which helps customers lower their greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency without sacrificing end-product performance, includes refrigerants for supermarkets, air conditioning for cars and trucks, blowing agents for insulation, propellants for personal and household care and solvents for cleaning solutions.
Using Honeywell Solstice technology has helped avoid the potential release of the equivalent of more than 295 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere so far, equal to the carbon emissions from nearly 688 million barrels of oil.
Honeywell is committed to achieving carbon neutrality in its operations and facilities by 2035 and recently announced a new set of commitments that further advance its sustainability goals, including committing to set a science-based target with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) that will include scope 3 emissions and participation in the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Climate Challenge. The company also supports the Paris Climate Agreement. These efforts build on the company’s track record of sharply reducing the greenhouse gas intensity of its operations and facilities as well as its decades-long history of innovation to help its customers meet their environmental and social goals. In 2021, approximately 60% of Honeywell’s new product introduction research and development investment was directed toward products that improve environmental and social outcomes for customers.
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