Honeywell’s Solstice N40 refrigerant, already in use in thousands of supermarkets across Asia, Europe and North America, is being installed in all Lotte Mart stores in South Korea over the next seven years, the company says.
Lotte Mart expects to achieve up to 8% energy savings by 2025, and says the Solstice N40 will provide at least 3% lower energy consumption in low-temperature applications, as well as 5% to 16% in medium-temperature applications, compared with current refrigerants. Honeywell says it also provides “the industry’s lowest global-warming-potential from a non flammable refrigerant.”
The supermarket company says it is actively working on its global environmental policy, and says the Solstice N40 will allow the company to reduce energy costs and protect the environment.
Lotte Mart also says the new refrigerant will help the company abide by regulations. In accordance with revisions to South Korea’s Atmospheric Environment Conservation Act, which went into effect in May 2012, the country is regulating the use of refrigerant substances that damage the ozone layer and contribute to climate change. In 2014, South Korea began reducing the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) following the HCFC phase down amendment to the global Montreal Protocol treaty. The country aims to reduce average HCFC consumption by 97.5% between now and 2030, compared with the average consumption between 2009 and 2010.