Brakes goes energy efficient

Brakes is continuing to reduce energy consumption and improve sustainable working practices by investing pound;800,000 in a more energy efficient CO2 refrigeration system at its Hemsworth depot.

The foodservice supplier said the investment would reduce the depot’s fuel consumption by 10-15 per cent when the new system is installed in April next year.

Group engineering manager Ian Hunt said the new system emits less harmful gases, making it better for the environment, while the substantial savings on energy bills would also make the investment a prudent commercial decision.

Brakes has a rolling programme to replace all R22 an ozone-depleting refrigerant commonly used in industry refrigeration by the end of 2014 in line with government targets.

Brakes’ investment in more environmentally friendly CO2 refrigeration means Brakes would exceed the current legislation standards, said Hunt.

He added: “As a business we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and operating in a more sustainable way, especially when it makes good commercial sense.”

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