Action needed to transform the cold chain

Swords, Ireland: More action is needed and more collaboration is needed if technologies that reduce carbon emissions and improve efficiency are to be adopted says Trane Technologies, owner of Thermo King.

“Our industry can make a significant impact on global greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in the areas of heating and cooling and food loss,” said Claudio Zanframundo, (pictured above) president, Thermo King Europe, EMEA, Trane Technologies, speaking at the Gobal Cold Chain Alliance European Cold Chain Conference in Brussels.

“Decarbonisation and transformation of the commercial transport industry and cold chain is possible, and it requires all of us to act together, to adopt the new technologies, including electrification and energy recovery solutions, to radically reduce emissions for a better planet for future generations,” he said.

Thermo King recognises the need to keep investing in innovation for the cold chain because of the potential to reduce emissions, but also because it plays a critical role in feeding society, he said. “Partnering with retailers, non-profits and the European Commission to reduce food waste, we recently co-developed a roundtable at the European Parliament to help accelerate progress and get more people taking action. The session was aligned to the EU’s commitment of meeting SDG 12.3 of halving per capita global food loss and waste by 2030.”

Thermo King is driving the shift toward electric refrigeration and energy recovery solutions in commercial transport. In November 2023, the company announced it fulfilled its August 2021 commitment to deliver fully electric, zero direct emission refrigeration solutions for every segment of the cold chain in the Europe, Middle East and Africa region by 2023.

Examples of these solutions include the E-Series and AxlePower. Through bold, industry-leading action, Trane Technologies is advancing its 2030 Sustainability Commitments, including the Gigaton Challenge – a pledge to reduce customer greenhouse gas emissions by 1 billion metric tons (or, one gigaton) – and its pledge to be net-zero by 2050.