Waitrose has topped a ‘green league’ of businesses for its work to cut the environmental impact of its refrigeration emissions.

The supermarket emerged top of the Chilling Facts study, conducted by independent campaign group the Environmental Investigation Agency, following moves to lower its use of hydro-fluorocarbons.

It has pledged to completely eliminate the harmful gases from its fridges by 2020.

“With 60% of the electricity we use going on refrigeration it is an absolutely vital part of our work to reduce our impact on the environment,” said Waitrose development director Nigel Keen.

“Over the next 10 years the reduction in our carbon emissions will be the equivalent of taking 35,000 cars off the road.”

He added: “The significant business benefits of our new technology show green measures don’t have to cost the earth. The technology is easier to install and cheaper to run and we hope our commitment will inspire other supermarkets to make the switch.”

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