Southern Co-op rolls out F1 technology across stores

The Southern Co-op has announced that it will be rolling out Formula One technology across its stores in a bid to reduce its carbon emissions. 

The convenience retailer is set to install the ‘EcoBlade’ twin-bladed shelf strips in its fridges at 96 of its stores. 

The move follows a successful trial at 10 stores last year.  

According to the symbol group, the technology improves energy efficiency by creating an invisible air curtain which keeps warm air out and cold air inside. 

According to the retailer, it will reduce energy expenditure by an estimated 25 per cent. 

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The EcoBlade was designed by motor racing engineer Wirth Research, and was originally developed for directing airflow efficiently around racing vehicles.  

The news follows the Southern Co-op’s commitment to reduce its absolutely scope one and two greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent and to reduce its scope three emissions from managed trading businesses by 17 per cent by 2030 from a 2019 base year.  

“The future of our planet relies on us all urgently cutting greenhouse gas and this is one way we are doing that, as part of our Climate Action Pathway to net zero,” Southern Co-op director of sustainability and communications Gemma Lacey said.  

“We have set ambitious targets aligned with the latest science showing what is required globally to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius but we need to work collaboratively with others to achieve our goals and limit the severity of climate change.” 

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