EPA’s cool idea

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) found another way to cool off earth’s warming atmosphere by forming a refrigeration coalition composed of the supermarket, refrigeration equipment and chemical refrigerant industries with an objective to chill ozone-depleting refrigerant leaks and charges into the atmosphere.

Founding partners of the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership include Whole Foods Market; Food Lion LLC; Giant Eagle Inc.; Hannaford Bros. Co.; Harris Teeter; Hill Phoenix; Honeywell; Kysor/Warren; Publix Super Markets Inc. and DuPont.


The EPA says the program will promote green technologies, strategies and practices that protect the stratospheric ozone layer, reduce greenhouse gases and save money. The EPA estimated that adoption of the coalition’s initiatives could reduce refrigerant emissions by 1m tonnes/year of carbon equivalent.

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