EPA awards GE’s Hillphoenix GreenChill Store Certification Excellence Award
Created to encourage reductions of environmentally harmful refrigerants, the GreenChill program encourages companies in the supermarket industry to prevent refrigerant leaks, use climate-friendly refrigerants and adopt advanced technologies. Many refrigerants used today are hydroflurocarbons (HFCs), which significantly contribute to climate change.
To earn its GreenChill Store Certification Excellence Award, Hillphoenix and co-winner Sprouts Farmers Market, in Phoenix, Arizona, achieved more GreenChill Store Certifications than other participating companies over the past year.
“EPA’s GreenChill awardees are meeting the President’s challenge to curb emissions of these potent greenhouse gases head on,” EPA Office of Air and Radiation Acting Assistant Administrator Janet McCabe said. “This year’s award winners are making the smart choice to act on climate by switching to environmentally friendly refrigerants and innovative technologies.”
The GreenChill program includes partners that represent 29 percent of American supermarkets, with roughly 10,800 stores between them across the country. Just through reducing refrigerant leaks, these companies could prevent approximately 29 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere each year, as well as save $169 million spent on replacing refrigerants.