CARLISLE, Pa. – GIANT Co. has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s GreenChill Program for reaching its annual refrigerant emissions reduction goal in 2021. The Superior Goal Achievement honor was presented to GIANT and other GreenChill Partners during the recent FMI Energy & Store Development Conference.
“We know every effort counts when it comes to healing our planet which is why we take actions every day throughout our stores to do our part as a responsible retailer and green innovator,” GIANT director of store format Joe LaCagnina said. “Since joining EPA’s GreenChill Program in 2020 our team has been able to implement best practices from across our industry, including preventative maintenance programs, leak detection equipment and quick repairs, to further reduce our refrigerant emissions, which impact the ozone layer and climate change.”
For the past several years, The GIANT Company has been performing refrigerant conversions, installing leak detectors, and replacing older refrigeration units, when possible, within its more than 190 stores. The company is also in direct communication with its vendors to repair any refrigerant leaks as quickly as possible.
“The GIANT Company’s Superior Goal Achievement is well deserved,” said Kersey Manliclic, GreenChill program manager, EPA. “Despite just recently joining the GreenChill Partnership, they have already proved to be an example for other supermarket industry stakeholders.”
EPA’s GreenChill is a voluntary partnership with food retailers, system manufacturers, and chemical producers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. GreenChill provides food retailers and other industry stakeholders with information and assistance to: transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, reduce the amount of refrigerant they use, eliminate refrigerant leaks, implement environmental best practices, and adopt green refrigeration technologies. There are 13,515 GreenChill Partner stores throughout the country. More information on EPA’s GreenChill program is available here.
More about how GIANT’s commitment to healing the planet can be found here.