CARLISLE, Pa. — GIANT Co. has joined the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill program, a voluntary program that works to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their environmental impacts.
GreenChill provides GIANT and other industry stakeholders — including manufacturers of chemicals and refrigeration systems — with information and assistance to transition to environmentally friendly refrigerants, reduce the amount of refrigerant they use, eliminate refrigerant leaks, implement environmental best practices, and adopt green refrigeration technologies. There are more than 12,500 GreenChill partner stores throughout the country.
“From reducing waste across our operations and the sustainable sourcing of the products we sell to seeking out opportunities for energy efficiencies and creating pollinator habitats, healing the planet is something we take seriously at The GIANT Company,” said John Ponnett, the retailer’s senior vice president of retail operations. “Our partnership with GreenChill reinforces this commitment and highlights the steps we are taking to reduce refrigerant emissions from our stores and perishable distribution centers, helping to ensure a better tomorrow for the families we serve.”
GIANT is currently performing refrigerant conversions, installing leak detectors and replacing older refrigeration units when possible within its nearly 190 stores.
“The GreenChill Partnership is thrilled to welcome The GIANT Company,” said U.S. EPA GreenChill program manager Kirsten Cappel. “By entering the Partnership, The GIANT Company joins exemplary leaders in the food retail industry who are committed to improving their refrigerant management practices and protecting the environment.”
The refrigerants used by supermarkets are harmful to the environment when released into the atmosphere, according to the EPA. Some harm the ozone layer, and most are very potent greenhouse gases. A typical supermarket leaks about 875 pounds of harmful refrigerant gas into the atmosphere every year. The EPA said that GreenChill partner stores have much lower leak rates than average stores in the U.S., and added that every supermarket were to reduce its leak levels to the GreenChill average, the supermarket industry could save more than $160 million in refrigerant replacement costs and reduce emissions by about 30 million metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent every year and 88 ozone depletion potential metric tons. More information on EPA’s GreenChill Program is available here.