Hello and welcome once again to Cooling India.

Driven by population growth, rising incomes, falling equipment prices and rapid urbanisation, an air-conditioned environment has become an almost inseparable part of our daily life. In the case of shopping areas that include supermarkets and retail malls, today it is essential to ensure comfortable air-conditioned surroundings to deliver a quality shopping experience.

Of late, India is witnessing an upsurge in the number of shopping malls as overseas retailers are now expanding exuberantly thanks to the government decision on easing the FDI norms in the retail sector. According to property consultant Anarock, more than 85 malls are expected to come up in India by 2020. It has also been reported that Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC to construct India’s largest shopping mall in Gurugram partnering with property developer DLF.

However, amidst an upward supermarket and shopping mall trend, maintaining indoor air quality (IAQ) remains a major challenge as they are prone to high indoor air pollution. This time we present to you an in-depth analysis on how to maintain IAQ in supermarkets.

Large supermarkets may face refrigerant leaks as long runs of refrigerant piping is involved. This is becoming a growing environment concern globally. Further, refrigerant phase down regulations are also driving the changes in the type of refrigerants used in supermarkets. Here, industry expert Vikram Murthy explains why it is essential to use low GWP refrigerants in supermarkets.

While effective cooling and refrigeration are integral parts for food and beverage (F&B) processing and preservation, properly designed air handling systems are essential to control airborne particulates and odours in F&B manufacturing units. This issue sheds light on food industry HVACR.

We hope you’ll enjoy reading this issue as always! Please write to me at pravita@charypublications.in.

Pravita Iyer
Publisher & Director

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