Four Supermarkets Recognized for Reducing Emissions With GreenChill Partnership
September 13, 2012
Four grocers – Albertsons, Fresh & Easy, Whole Foods and Giant Eagle – win top honors from The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership program.
he supermarkets are recognized for their achievements in refrigerant management in the past year. The refrigerants used by supermarkets, if not managed properly, contribute to climate change and harm the ozone layer that protects people from cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation.
Albertsons Carpinteria, Calif., store was recognized with GreenChill’s Best of the Best Award, given to the best new GreenChill-certified store each year. The Carpenteria store recently achieved Platinum-Level store certification, the highest certification level that can be obtained for advanced refrigeration technology that prevents harmful refrigerant emissions. It is the first store in the nation to use a new generation of low global warming refrigerants.
“These companies have gone above and beyond regulatory requirements to protect our climate and ozone layers,“ said Keilly Witman, EPA’s GreenChill Partnership Manager. “If all supermarkets follow in their example and reduce emissions to the GreenChill average, the industry would eliminate 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year –– the equivalent of removing 4.3 million cars from the road.”
Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market was honored with GreenChill’s Store Certification Excellence Award for certifying more stores than any other grocer in the nation under the GreenChill Store Certification program. This is the second consecutive year that Fresh & Easy has won this award.
Whole Foods Market won GreenChill’s Superior Goal Achievement Award for exceeding its company’s annual target to reduce refrigerant emissions from stores. Even though GreenChill Partners achieve emission rates well below national averages, all partners set ambitious, tough-to-achieve annual goals to continually improve their performance.
Supervalu, which operates Albertsons and various other banners including Jewel-Osco, Lucky stores and ACME Markets, earned this year’s Distinguished Partner Award. This award is given to the supermarket partner company that goes above and beyond to advance the mission of the GreenChill Partnership.
GreenChill is an EPA partnership that works with supermarkets to transition to low-impact refrigerants, reduce the amount of refrigerant used, and eliminate harmful refrigerant leaks. GreenChill has 54 partners with almost 8,000 stores, representing more than 20 percent of the supermarket industry.
For the fourth time in the past five years, Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle has won the award for the best refrigerant emissions rate among participants in the GreenChill Partnership.
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