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The new Cub Foods supermarket in St. Paul, Minn. yesterday became the first store in the nation to receive Gold GreenChill certification by reducing its refrigerant charge by 65 percent versus the industry standard, and making the facility completely leak-tight at installation.
“Cub Foods is looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Brian Huff, president of Cub Foods. “The partnership with the EPA GreenChill Program came just as we began construction on our first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environment) certified store. This additional certification is an added bonus, and we know we’re doing the right thing for our business, our customers, and the environment.”
The GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership is an EPA cooperative alliance with the supermarket industry to promote advanced technologies, strategies, and practices that reduce emissions of stratospheric ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases.
GreenChill partners in the food retail business have refrigerant emissions rates nearly 50 percent lower than the EPA-estimated industry average. Since launching in November 2007, the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership has prevented emissions of 2.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, equal to the annual emissions of almost 500,000 cars, according to EPA.
To qualify for Gold Certification, a store’s refrigeration systems and management practices must meet rigorous environmental standards.
“EPA’s GreenChill Partnership is excited to award Cub Foods our gold-level certification for green refrigeration technology,” “Cub is the very first supermarket in the nation to earn this certification,” said Keilly Witman, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency representative, Stratospheric Protection Division. “The commitment they’ve made to their customers and the environment sets an example for the grocery industry.”
The EPA works with GreenChill partners to transition to using only non-ozone-depleting refrigerants, reduce refrigerant charges, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote the adoption of advanced refrigeration technology, which reduces supermarkets’ impact on the earth’s ozone layer and climate change.
Supervalu-owned Cub Foods operates 57 stores in the Twin Cities.