Efficient solutions for supermarket heating, cooling and refrigeration – such as integrated systems or the use of natural refrigerant-based equipment – are already technically available in Europe. However, non-technical barriers, like a lack of general awareness or specific expert knowledge, have prevented the market from growing more quickly.
The EU-funded ‘SuperSmart’ project aims to change this through information campaigns, workshops and dedicated training for stakeholders in the supermarket sector. To make these measures as effective as possible, a new survey has been launched to rank non-technological barriers and identify focus areas for the training sessions. The survey is available in six European languages.
After a successful kick-off workshop in Barcelona on 18 April, the SuperSmart team, which brings together nine European partners, has also developed a second survey on a European Ecolabel for food retail stores, to determine the scope of such a label and the criteria to be included. Both surveys are available from the project website (www.supersmart-supermarket.org). More importantly, SuperSmart is seeking the active contribution of all parties involved in HVAC&R solutions for European food retail stores. Any party interested in receiving free-of-charge training sessions on how to build or refurbish energy-efficient supermarkets can write to email@example.com. Suppliers, end users and members of the research community keen to drive energy-efficient HVAC&R solutions forward are welcome to express their interest in joining one of three Innovation Panels using the contact form on the project website.
Nina Masson / shecco