You may have seen the recent report from an environmental group called The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) raising concerns about our strategy to reduce the environmental impact of our refrigeration. Asda is committed to reducing the environmental footprint of our refrigeration but we don’t believe that natural refrigerants alone offer the “silver bullet” that the EIA believe.
It is true that we decided not to reply to their survey this year after two years of being one of the first to respond. We took this decision reluctantly after spending huge time and effort last year to meet with them personally to talk them through our strategy. Unfortunately they chose to ignore the information we gave them as it didn’t support their one-dimensional view of the future of refrigeration.
In terms of reducing our direct emissions we have made considerable progress. Our existing estate is 21% more carbon efficient and our new stores are 42% more carbon efficient versus 2005. This data is available publicly through our website, including our carbon footprint that has the widest scope of any supermarket retailer.Read more about of fridge environmental program