GreenChill logoBrookshire Grocery Co. (BGC), which operates 153 stores in Texas, Louisiana, and Arkansas, has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill partnership. By joining GreenChill, BGC “pledges to go beyond regulatory requirements to protect the ozone layer and combat climate change,” according to a joint statement from the supermarket chain and the EPA. “BGC is committed to sustainabil¬ity, and this partnership will strengthen the company’s ability to protect consumers’ health and the environment. “

According to the EPA, a typical supermarket leaks some 1,000 pounds of refrigerant gas into the atmosphere each year. By joining GreenChill, BGC will work to reduce those emissions by continuing to transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants; reduce the amount of refrigerant used; and adopt green refrigeration technologies, strategies, and practices. Companies that partner with GreenChill have refrigerant emissions rates that are approximately 50 percent lower than the national average, GreenChill said.

“This partnership will help us reduce harmful refrigerant emissions, protect the ozone layer, cut costs for supermarkets and consumers, and protect our health and the environment,” said the GreenChill statement.

“We continue to explore ways to positively impact the environment,” said Rick Rayford, BGC president and CEO. “This pledge demonstrates our ongoing effort to provide our customers with more than just a great place to shop. We are committed to the safety of our communities and our environment, and believe this partnership will help us exceed stan¬dard business practices and be responsible environmental stewards.”

EPA’s GreenChill partnership works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

Publication date: 8/19/2013