Salisbury, N.C. Food Lion LLC announced Wednesday it has received the Distinguished Partner Award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership program. The chain was recognized for its commitment to deploying advanced refrigeration technology at new stores in its 11-state footprint.
As a GreenChill partner, Food Lion has committed to ensuring all new and remodeled stores will be ozone-friendly and establishing an emissions inventory, which will be used to set emissions-reduction targets; and assessing the performance of advanced technologies in its stores through industry and government research initiatives.
In addition to its GreenChill partnership, Food Lion has furthered its commitment by incorporating advanced refrigeration systems at certain stores. Currently, three Food Lion stores have incorporated new technology that incorporate ozone-friendly product refrigeration systems, which reduce by more then 60% the amount of refrigerants needed to keep products cool or frozen. In addition, Food Lion is currently deploying this technology at two stores under construction in Georgia and South Carolina.
"We are honored to receive this award," said Susan Sollenberger, director of energy, maintenance and equipment purchasing at Food Lion LLC. "Food Lion has served as a founding member of the EPA's GreenChill Partnership since November 2007. This has been an extremely rewarding relationship. Food Lion has made great strides in deploying more environmentally friendly technologies, such as environmentally friendly refrigerants.”