Electricity accounts for 40% of the costs in the refrigeration industry and its use is required 24 hours a day. Since the new electricity rates came into force in our country, with a considerable price increase that affects both production areas and households, the refrigeration sector has been trying to adapt to the new situation in the best possible way. In some cases it has been possible to adjust processes and procedures to moderate the impact, but in others it has been impossible because the customer demands service at a specific time and place, something that cannot be changed.
Other measures that producers are already applying include adjusting logistical tasks where possible in order to open cold stores at lower cost hours; adjusting power to avoid deviations and excesses; investments to achieve greater insulation in cold stores or the partial transfer of the cost to the customer.
In RFL Cargo, experts in customised logistics solutions and with personalised services for all types of temperature-controlled goods, we try to adapt to this new reality so that effectiveness and competitiveness mark each transport operation.
Energy efficiency measures
A recent study by ALDEFE (Spanish Association of Refrigeration, Logistics and Distribution Companies), a trade organisation representing a refrigeration capacity of 7.000.000 m3, recommends the importance of carrying out energy audits and promoting energy management systems in refrigeration companies, together with other measures such as monitoring the carbon footprint or optimising processes. An transition that benefits both the company itself and the planet and society as a whole.
The pandemic, an uneven impact
The consequences of COVID-19 have been felt unevenly among refrigerated cargo shippers during the pandemic. While some saw their volumes multiply due to the health crisis and found it difficult to find available fleets on the market, others saw their cargoes halved. An anomalous and asymmetrical situation that has been felt in both domestic and international markets.