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Sainsbury’s now has 400,000 energy saving fridges installed across all stores

Sainsbury's has fitted its 400,000th energy saving fridge this week to increase energy efficiency in stores across UK.

  • 09 March 2020
  • Rachel Cooper

Sainsbury’s has fitted its 400,000th energy saving fridge this week to increase energy efficiency in stores across UK.

After undertaking extensive research into the positive impact Aerofoil fitted fridges would have on energy reduction, in 2017, Sainsbury’s became the first supermarket to install Aerofoils, and as a result has seen a 15% energy reduction from its fridges across the estate.

This week, Sainsbury’s fitted its 400,000th Aerofoil to fridges in its new Battersea Park Station store, meaning all its convenience stores and supermarkets are now fitted with the energy saving technology.

The technology, created by Aerofoil Energy and Williams Advanced Engineering, part of the Williams F1 Group, helps prevent cold air from leaving the cabinet, directing it back into the fridge. This saves energy, keeps aisles warmer and reduces food waste, by maintaining products at their optimal temperature.

Asa result, each year, Aerofoil equipped fridges in Sainsbury’s deliver carbon savings of 8,783 tonnes of CO2e.

Dave Merefield, Carbon, Utilities and Engineering Manager at Sainsbury's, said: “We’re committed to becoming a Net Zero business by 2040 and have already begun to make headway by investing substantial time, research and money into different areas that can help us achieve this goal – including the fitting of the pioneering Aerofoil technology.”

“Since rolling out Aerofoils, we’ve seen a 15% reduction in energy created from fridges across our estate, and over the next few years we’ll continue innovating and investing in technology to help us combat climate change.”

The news follows Sainsbury’s announcement in January 2020, where it pledged to invest £1 billion over the next 20 years to become a Net Zero business in its own operation by 2040 – 10 years ahead of UK government legislation.

Paul McAndrew, Founder and CEO of Aerofoil Energy, said: “Sainsbury’s endorsement of Aerofoils has established this unique product as the industry gold standard in energy saving technology. As one of the fastest-growing “green tech” companies in the UK, it’s great that Aerofoil Energy has been part of Sainsbury’s drive towards a more sustainable retail future.”

Photograph: Sainsbury's