Meijer recognized by EPA for low refrigerant emissions

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A local grocery retailer earned recognition for its sustainability efforts with refrigeration technology.

For the second consecutive year, Meijer was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Program for having the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate out of all GreenChill partners over the past year.

As an active participant in the EPA’s program since 2012, Meijer has made reducing its refrigerant leak rate a priority and is now 19% below the industry average.

“We understand that to be a good company, we must be a good neighbor, and ultimately that means integrating environmental sustainability into our daily operations,” said Vik Srinivasan, chief administrative officer for Meijer. “We are committed to lessening our carbon footprint, and I’m pleased that our teams continue to focus on refrigeration management through our partnership with GreenChill to help us reach our environmental goals.”

The EPA’s GreenChill program is a voluntary partnership with food retailers, refrigeration system manufacturers and chemical manufacturers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

GreenChill provides information and assists supermarkets with a transition to environmentally friendlier refrigeration technologies. In addition, the program helps stores reduce the amount of refrigerant used, eliminate leaks and adopt other environmental best practices.

In 2021, Meijer also was recognized for reaching its refrigerant leak rate goal, stretch emissions reduction goal and re-certifying one of its stores for GreenChill Store Certification.

These efforts are part of the retailer’s broader sustainability goals, including a plan to reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 2025.

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