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Installing fridge doors at supermarkets may cut energy use by a staggering 40 percent, research says

Installing fridge doors at supermarkets could cut energy use by a staggering 40 percent, research reveals

  • Supermarkets could battle climate change by fitting doors on open chiller units
  • The use of fridge doors could cut energy use by 40 per cent, a new report says
  • The research was carried out by Imperial College London for Sainsbury’s

Supermarkets could help the battle against climate change by fitting doors on open chiller units, says a new report.

The research, carried out by Imperial College London for Sainsbury’s, said the move could cut energy use by a staggering 40 per cent. 

Large stores tend to favour open fridge cabinets because they are easier for customers to grab items, even though experts estimate they use about one per cent of the UK’s entire energy output.

Supermarkets could help the battle against climate change by fitting doors on open chiller units, says research carried out by Imperial College London for Sainsbury’s (file photo)

One of the report’s authors, Salvador Acha, said making fridge doors a legal requirement could help the UK reach its net-zero emissions target by 2050. 

Mark Hall, of waste management firm Business Waste, described open fridges as ‘rotten for the environment’ and said simple plastic curtains had been used in foreign stores. 

‘We’ve seen how fast everyone can put up all these screens in every single building due to Covid,’ he added. 

Sainsbury’s said it was keen to ‘pioneer new technology’.

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