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Price Chopper the regional grocer based in Schenectady, N.Y., has joined the Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill program.
The agency and the supermarket industry launched the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership, a voluntary program to promote green technologies, strategies, and practices that protect the stratospheric ozone layer, reduce greenhouse gases, and save money, in November 2007.
Price Chopper, joins other GreenChill grocery partners such as Food Lion, Giant Eagle, and Harris Teeter, in pledging to surpass regulatory requirements by creating an inventory of current refrigerant emissions that affect climate change and the stratospheric ozone layer, and then setting reduction targets for those emissions.
The retail partners in the program will also take part in an industry/government research initiative to assess the performance of innovative green technologies in regard to energy efficiency, reduction of ozone-depleting refrigerant charges, and minimization of refrigerant leaks.
EPA estimates that widespread adoption of advanced refrigeration technologies, best practices, and improved equipment design and service could lower refrigerant emissions by 1 million metric tons of carbon equivalent annually -- the equivalent of removing 800,000 automobiles from the road every year.
The GreenChill partners' adoption of advanced refrigeration technologies will also result in a reduction of industry operating expenses of over $12 million annually, according to EPA.