TYLER, Texas — Brookshire Grocery Co. here announced it has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill partnership, a voluntary program designed to help retailers reduced refrigerant charge and leaks, transition to environmentally friendly refrigerants and test new refrigeration systems.
By joining GreenChill, Brookshire “pledges to go beyond regulatory requirements to protect the ozone layer and combat climate change,” the company said in a statement. Companies that partner with GreenChill have refrigerant emissions rates that are approximately 50 percent lower than the national average, according to the EPA.
“This partnership will help us reduce harmful refrigerant emissions, protect the ozone layer, cut costs for supermarkets and consumers, and protect our health and the environment,” said Keilly Witman, GreenChill manager for the EPA.
“We continue to explore ways to positively impact the environment,” said Rick Rayford, Brookshire’s president and chief executive officer. “This pledge demonstrates our ongoing effort to provide our customers with more than just a great place to shop. We are committed to the safety of our communities and our environment, and believe this partnership will help us exceed stan¬dard business practices and be responsible environmental stewards.”
GreenChill encompasses roughly 8,000 U.S. supermarkets, including retailers such as Food Lion, Hannaford Bros., Giant Eagle, Target, Meijer, Publix, Raley’s and King Kullen.
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