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|SUPERVALU Joins U.S. EPA'S GreenChill Partnership to Advance Environmentally Friendly Refrigeration|
"We are very happy to welcome SUPERVALU into the GreenChill Partnership," said Cindy Newberg, Acting Branch Chief of EPA's Alternatives and Emissions Reduction Branch. "By reducing emissions of refrigerants that harm the ozone layer and contribute to climate change, SUPERVALU is demonstrating its clear commitment to preserving the environment. SUPERVALU, as one of the largest food retailers in the country, is a very important addition to the Partnership, and we are eager to begin working with them to demonstrate that helping the environment can also make good business sense."
SUPERVALU has long been a leader in protecting the environment by developing and implementing energy and refrigerant emission reduction programs. The company was honored in 2006 by Environmental Support Solutions with their Excellence Award and is very active in Food Marketing Institute's (FMI's) Sustainability Task Force and FMI's Energy and Technical Services Committee. Additionally, the company operates more than 100 Energy Star stores across the country. By signing the GreenChill Partnership pledge, SUPERVALU has expanded its environmental stewardship efforts by:
-- Using only non-ozone-depleting refrigerants in all commercial refrigeration applications in new construction and store remodels involving rack additions or replacements;
-- Reducing emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas refrigerants every year; and
-- Participating in an industry/government research initiative to assess the performance of advanced technologies.
"As a corporate citizen, SUPERVALU has a responsibility to minimize our environmental footprint," said John Domino, SUPERVALU vice president, facilities, energy, environmental and engineering. "The GreenChill Partnership is another example of our ongoing commitment to reduce waste, use energy more efficiently and operate more sustainably."
The GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership is an EPA cooperative alliance with the supermarket industry and other stakeholders to promote the adoption of advanced technologies, strategies, and practices that reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases. With the addition of the 12 SUPERVALU INC. banners, there are now a total 27 partners in GreenChill.
The program requires that supermarket partners make several important commitments that go beyond regulatory compliance:
-- Establish a refrigerant inventory and set annual targets to reduce refrigerant emissions;
-- Use only non-ozone-depleting refrigerants in all commercial refrigeration applications in new construction and store remodels involving rack additions or replacements;
-- Collaborate across the industry to identify service and operational practices that reduce emissions; and
-- Participate in an industry/government research initiative to assess the performance of cutting edge "green" technologies that reduce refrigerant charge and minimize refrigerant leaks.
The EPA estimates that widespread adoption of best practices, improved equipment design and service, and advanced refrigeration technologies could reduce refrigerant emissions by approximately 6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per year, which is like taking 1 million automobiles off the road every year. These initiatives could also save the supermarket industry almost $30 million in operating expenses annually.
About SUPERVALU INC.
SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest companies in the United States grocery channel with estimated annual sales of approximately $44 billion. SUPERVALU holds leading market share positions across the U.S. with its approximately 2,450 retail grocery locations, including more than 940 in-store pharmacies. Through SUPERVALU's nationwide supply chain network, the company provides distribution and related logistics support services to more than 5,000 grocery endpoints across the country. SUPERVALU currently has approximately 190,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.
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