Lincolnshire Co-op is paving the way with new environmentally friendly fridges

Nick Jones, Richard Busby, Emma Mumby, Steve Galjaard, Andrew Turner, front row left to right: Julie Stevenson, Amanda Cash, Peter Gardiner and Matt Wilkinson
Nick Jones, Richard Busby, Emma Mumby, Steve Galjaard, Andrew Turner, front row left to right: Julie Stevenson, Amanda Cash, Peter Gardiner and Matt Wilkinson

Lincolnshire Co-op is paving the way when it comes to environmentally friendly fridges after swapping to a new refrigerant gas and has won an award for the pioneering measures.

Lincolnshire Co-op has rolled out these fridges to three of its newest stores including Gainsborough, and the scheme has been recognised by the national ACR News Awards with the Environmental Project of the Year award.

Lincolnshire Co-op Store Development Manager, Matthew Wilkinson, said: “We’re very pleased and proud that our environmental efforts have been acknowledged.

“Reducing energy use is important to us; by looking after the local environment we can help to look after our customers and the communities that they live in.”

The first of a kind fridges use a new gas which has almost three times less potential to cause global warming than its predecessor.

The ACR News Awards recognise excellence in the air conditioning and refrigeration industries.

Editor of ACR News, Lynn Sencicle, said: “In the Environmental Project of the Year category, what we’re looking for is unique ideas and Lincolnshire Co-op was competing against the whole industry.

“We look forward to seeing the Society roll this out to more food stores.”

Lincolnshire Co-op also recycles most waste, while solar panels and LED lighting help to reduce energy consumption.