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Earth Day Decarbonization: Three Ways We’re Helping Customers to Reduce Carbon Footprints

         Greg Polce | Vice President of Marketing – Cold Chain

          Emerson’s Commercial & Residential Solutions Business

April 22 marks the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day — a day when the world pauses to reflect on the shared responsibilities of preserving our natural environment and reversing the negative impacts of climate change. This year, the Earth Day organization is calling for global governments, businesses and citizens to form partnerships and accelerate solutions focused on building more sustainable and prosperous futures. At Emerson, we’re committed to doing our part by helping our customers to achieve their short- and long-term decarbonization goals.

According to current estimates, 51 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) are released annually into the Earth’s atmosphere. As the demand for energy is estimated to double over the next 30 years, climate experts are prioritizing efforts to help reduce global carbon emissions to a net-zero footprint by 2050. Hitting these decarbonization targets will require a holistic re-evaluation of everything that contributes to harmful GHG emissions.

Emerson’s commercial and residential solutions play key roles in this monumental effort. Consider that 19 percent of total carbon emissions can be attributed to feeding the world, yet roughly one-third of the global food supply is wasted. Generating, delivering and consuming electricity (by plugging things in and turning them on) accounts for 27 percent of total GHG emissions.

Three paths to net-zero

When we look at our cold chain business, we’re embarking on numerous strategies to help our customers affect positive change and provide much-needed GHG reductions. It’s important to think of these strategies as interrelated efforts that work together toward winning the race to net zero.

  1. Reducing food waste (in storage and on the move)

Reducing food waste is a core value of our cold chain business, and we help our customers to achieve this through a combination of compression technologies, tracking/monitoring devices and software, and control devices. Energy-efficient Copeland™ compressors set the industry standard in reliability and are preferred in commercial refrigeration, transport and marine applications. They serve as the cooling foundation for supermarkets, restaurants and shipping companies seeking to preserve food quality and safety and extend perishable shelf lives.

We’re also helping our customers to achieve “farm to fork” visibility to their perishable cold chains. Our GO real-time tracking and logging devices, combined with Oversight software, allow stakeholders to monitor the temperatures and locations of in-transit perishable shipments in real-time. In addition, our customers can leverage a variety of control devices to monitor coolers, freezers and cold storage facilities. The data we’re gathering from each step is delivering the deep insights our customers need to continually refine and improve their cold chain management capabilities. Once food waste reaches landfills, our Vilter™ compressors are helping operators to convert methane gas to energy.

  1. Lowering carbon emissions (from equipment and systems)

Refrigeration is among the most important technological advancements contributing to human health and well-being. Because the compressors and components that power commercial refrigeration systems consume significant amounts of electricity, Emerson has always prioritized efforts to improve equipment efficiency and reliability. From energy-efficient compression technologies with variable-capacity modulation to dedicated smart controls for low-GWP refrigerant systems, we’re innovating the tools our customers need to minimize indirect GHG emissions (from systems being powered up).

Of course, direct emissions from refrigerant leaks are also a critically important sustainability consideration. Emerson has helped lead the industry’s transition to lower-global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant technologies, supporting the global phasedown of high-GWP hydrofluorocarbon (HFC)-based systems. By embracing the next generation of low-GWP natural and synthetic refrigerants — and supporting advanced leak detection programs —we’re providing the guidance our customers need to help align refrigerant decisions with their sustainability objectives.

By combining low-GWP refrigerants with energy-efficient refrigerant technologies, we’re helping our customers to reduce both their direct and indirect emissions, which lowers the total equivalent warming impact (TEWI) of their refrigeration footprints.

  1. Enabling grid interactivity (leveraging our install base to reduce consumption)

We anticipate that the trend toward electrification will impact the ways in which we live and conduct business over the coming decades. At Emerson, we see this as a tremendous opportunity to move the needle toward net-zero by empowering our commercial refrigeration customers with grid-interactive facilities. As demand increases over the next 30 years, the infrastructure supporting our shared grid will need to be upgraded to integrate more renewable, alternative and distributed sources of energy. Although this strategy is essential to achieving net-zero by 2050, experts expect intermittent supply challenges, especially during peak consumption periods.

Today, our customers represent approximately 30,000 MW of electrical load. With grid-interactive building management controls — such as our new Lumity™ E3 supervisory control system — we’re helping them to manage their electrical footprints in coordination with utilities to offset grid demand constraints and reduce energy consumption. This will allow companies to leverage their facilities’ refrigeration, HVAC and lighting systems as distributed energy resources (DERs) — a connected technology that responds to grid signals and/or requirements to generate or conserve energy.

Not only is this strategy good for decarbonization, but we see it as an opportunity to grow our customers’ bottom lines. By connecting to the grid and reducing consumption upon request — or temporarily flexing their loads to other sources — companies can monetize their DER contributions. And while this may seem like the next frontier of energy management, many of our customers are already receiving incentives from utilities for making energy-efficient equipment choices or acting as a DER.

At Emerson, we know that the transition to net-zero will not be easy and can present new challenges to our customers and served industries. But we’re committed to achieving Earth Day goals every day of the year and look forward to helping our customers make the shift to more sustainable refrigeration and flexible energy management strategies. We’ll continue to explore ways to reduce energy consumption, lower GHG emissions, and enable grid interactivity — without impacting critical refrigeration, heating or lighting requirements.

To learn more about our commitment to net-zero and environmental sustainability, please visit our website.

Highlighting Cold Chain Best Practices During National Food Safety Education Month

         Greg Polce | Vice President of Marketing – Cold Chain

          Emerson’s Commercial and Residential Solutions Business

Every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) designates September as National Food Safety Education Month. Their goals are to raise awareness about how to prevent food poisoning and educate the population on best practices for keeping food safe. At Emerson, we’re committed to protecting and preserving food safety throughout the various links within the food cold chain. To help in the CDC’s efforts to raise awareness, we would like to highlight some of the key areas where our cold chain tools and technologies are playing integral roles in this important mission.

 

Ensuring a safe food supply chain is essential for supporting human health and well-being. Supermarkets, restaurants and convenience store (C-store) sectors rely on a safe and effective food cold chain for their reputations. Consumers place food safety and quality among the most important factors when selecting a location in which to dine or shop.

The emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic has brought more public awareness to the topics of food safety, handling standards and best practices. Not surprisingly, the CDC has reported a lower rate of foodborne illness outbreaks since the beginning of the pandemic — likely attributable to the renewed emphases on proper hand washing, hygiene and surface sanitation procedures. But to achieve comprehensive food safety, it’s also important to combine safe handling protocols with robust temperature management during the transportation, cold storage and preparation phases of the food cold chain.

Let’s look at some of the ways Emerson can help to monitor temperatures during these key steps.

Harvesting and processing

The freshness and safety of perishable produce and proteins can be protected by controlling temperatures via flash cooling/freezing, temporary staging in storage coolers, and pre-cooling shipping containers. Emerson provides pulp temperature-probing devices to measure internal product temperatures during the staging and loading processes. Our real-time temperature monitoring and tracking devices can be placed inside a shipping container to provide location, temperatures and other environmental conditions of in-transit perishable shipments.

Transportation

The cold chain journey can last anywhere from days to weeks — by truck, sea and/or air — and shippers should be able to ensure an unbroken chain of temperature certainty throughout. Transport containers must be equipped to maintain strict temperatures and provide visibility to internal conditions. Emerson’s field-tested compression technologies are built to withstand the rigors of the road to help stakeholders keep transport refrigeration systems at specified temperature ranges. Our complete line of temperature monitoring, logging and tracking devices — combined with our cloud-based software portal — enables live remote monitoring and alert notifications based on user-defined parameters.

Cold storage distribution centers

Upon receipt at cold storage facilities, quality assurance (QA) personnel must inspect product conditions according to their Hazardous Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and/or Hazard Analysis and Risk-based Preventative Controls (HARPC) plans. Typically, this process starts by taking pulp temperatures and reviewing trip data from Emerson’s logging and tracking devices to validate that product was held at proper temperatures throughout the journey. After inspection, handlers must promptly transfer perishable cargo into a designated cold storage temperature zone.

Within these cold storage facilities, Emerson’s compression and refrigeration technologies help operators to establish and maintain proper temperatures in various cold storage zones. Our robust facility monitoring solutions help operators to remotely oversee conditions, ensure proper temperatures, and automatically record temperatures for use in HACCP reporting.

Grocery stores

Store operators take ownership of food quality and safety when perishable shipments are unloaded in supermarkets. This starts by checking pulp temperatures and trip data logs and continues with the prompt transfer of perishables into designated cold storage coolers or freezers. Once in cold storage, Emerson’s Lumity™ E3 supervisory control platform helps retailers to monitor perishable temperatures and optimize food quality.

For decades, the supermarket industry has relied on Copeland™ compression and refrigeration technologies as the collective foundation for their cold storage capabilities. Today, we’re developing sustainable refrigeration solutions with variable-capacity modulation to improve reliability, temperature precision and energy efficiencies in a variety of refrigeration architectures.

Restaurants

Restaurants assume responsibility for both the cold storage of perishable products as well as the safety concerns associated with food preparation. Staff must be trained in safe cooking best practices, such as those provided by the National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe® certification course. Cook-and-hold procedures should also follow established HACCP/HARPC plans, with a dual focus on the prevention of bacterial growth and maximizing food quality/safety.

Emerson provides a wide range of technologies to automate data collection and reporting necessary to implement best practices and meet local health inspection requirements:

To learn more about how Emerson is helping to protect food quality and safety throughout the food cold chain, please view this infographic.

 

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