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Sustainability of non-residential buildings and relevance of main environmental impact contributors' variability. A case study of food retail stores buildings

Beatriz Gimeno-Frontera, María Dolores Mainar-Toledo, Aitana Sáez de Guinoa, David Zambrana-Vasquez and Ignacio Zabalza-Bribián

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018, vol. 94, issue C, 669-681

Abstract: European tertiary sector represents about 13% of EU-28 final energy consumption. As an example, food retail stores sector amounts about 3% of EU members’ electricity consumption. Furthermore, currently, fluorinated gases, which are the most used refrigerants for space conditioning and refrigeration systems, involve 2% of EU emissions, having risen since 1990 by 60%. Specifically, commercial refrigeration is responsible for 35% of EU-27 CO2-eq emissions related to refrigerants.

Keywords: Life cycle assessment; Non-residential buildings; Food retail stores buildings; Energy efficiency; Refrigeration systems; Global warming potential; Dynamic life cycle assessment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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