The millionth energy saving ‘Formula One fridge’ in the UK has been fitted in Sainsbury’s new Battersea Park Station store, as the supermarket drives toward becoming Net Zero by 2040.
The Aerofoil system, which is the 400,000th to be fitted in Sainsbury’s, means all of the retailer’s convenience stores and supermarkets are now fitted with the pioneering technology – resulting in a 15% energy reduction from its fridges.
After undertaking extensive research into the positive impact Aerofoil fitted fridges would have on energy reduction, Sainsbury’s made the decision to roll them out across all its convenience stores and supermarkets.
In 2017 it became the first supermarket to install Aerofoil technology, which was originally created in conjunction with Williams Advanced Engineering to make F1 race cars travel faster.
Having been designed to divert air over and around race cars to allow them to maximise performance, it is now used in store to help 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.
The fitting of the one millionth Aerofoil in the UK in the Sainsbury’s Battersea Park Station store marks a huge milestone in cutting carbon emissions. Each year, Aerofoil-equipped fridges in Sainsbury’s deliver carbon savings of 8,783 tonnes of CO2e, according to the company.
Dave Merefield, carbon, utilities and engineering manager at Sainsburys says: “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.”
Sainsbury’s said in January 2020 that it will 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.
The retailer’s current carbon footprint is one million tonnes, which is a 35% absolute reduction in the last 15 years despite its space increasing by 46% over the same time frame.
For the last six years Sainsbury’s has been awarded an ‘A’ grade listing for taking action on Climate Change by the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Report), the highest rating of any UK supermarket.