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Energize Efficiency in the cold chain prevents food waste
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Efficiency in the cold chain prevents food waste

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by Lynne McCarthy, Danfoss

While the Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly affected business operations for most of the industry, the overriding sentiment is that of determination to overcome the still-unfolding challenges the pandemic holds, and its imminent aftermath. The encouraging determination to continue business as usual, is in line with the well-known resilience of the refrigeration trade.

World Refrigeration Day is celebrated on 26 June every year. It is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of the refrigeration, air-conditioning and heat-pump sector and focuses attention on the significant role that the industry and its technology play in modern life and society. It draws attention to wonderful engineering and science that is all around us every day. Refrigeration is at the very heart of modern life. It enables people to live, travel and work comfortably. It saves lives. It enables people to achieve.

The restrictions imposed on the of gatherings of people have propelled Southern Africa into the conducting of training webinars and online meetings. These digital platforms have enabled business channels to remain functional across board. In fact, we have become more digitally active than ever.

The fact that we do not meet physically, does not mean we are not a community anymore. On the contrary, Covid-19 has been the catalyst for change. We have remained focused on the needs of the market and are happy to report that our market applications might have been slowed by a global deadly virus, but it has not halted production, nor has it brought implementations to a complete standstill and therefore we thank the courageous installers for their devotion.

While the world fights a global health scare, the United Nations predicts that by 2050, the world population would have grown to 10-billion, putting immense demand on the world’s food supply. The world is now, more than ever before, reliant on safe and efficient food- and produce-refrigeration systems to preserve, transport and store fresh produce and prevent waste.

The Birmingham Energy Institute estimates that as much as 90% of the food wasted in developing countries stems from food loss somewhere along the supply chain. Every year, an estimated US$940-billion is lost, and 4,4-billion t of greenhouse gas is emitted by the production of food which will never be consumed.

With efficient cold chains, food loss could be reduced by up to 40%. By making efficient use of the food already produced, it will be possible to feed an increasing number of people with fresh produce without placing an additional burden on the environment. Cold chain improvements can also significantly increase the income of smallholder farmers often in developing countries, as more of their produce will reach the consumer.

Contact Lynne McCarthy, Danfoss, Tel 011 785-7628, mccarthyl@danfoss.com

 

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