New York City Hy-Vee is the latest U.S. supermarket chain to join the Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Program to reduce refrigerant emissions.
“Hy-Vee’s participation in GreenChill underscores the company’s commitment to sustainability in all aspects of our operations,” said Michael Smith, Hy-Vee’s director of real estate and sustainability.
By joining GreenChill, Hy-Vee commits to:
- Require that all of its new and remodeled stores use environmentally friendlier refrigerants;
- Reduce the amount of refrigerant they use and eliminate refrigerant leaks; and
- Adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices.
The GreenChill Partnership was launched in 2007 and now has 49 partners with nearly 5,500 stores. The EPA estimates that GreenChill supermarkets have refrigerant leak rates about 50% lower than the industry average.