MILWAUKEE — Roundy’s Inc., a leading grocer in the Midwest, announced that it is joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) GreenChill program, a partnership between the EPA and food retailers to reduce emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.
In 2014, Roundy’s became the first grocery store in Wisconsin, and only the third store in the U.S., to utilize a transcritical CO2 refrigeration system in its Menomonee Falls Pick 'n Save location. The transcritical CO2 system eliminates the use of HFC refrigerants. One pound of leaked HFC refrigerant has more global warming potential than 4,000 pounds of carbon dioxide. The Menomonee Falls store is regarded as one of the greenest supermarkets in the nation and was awarded a Platinum level certification by the GreenChill Partnership program.
“The new transcritical CO2 technology is more environmentally friendly than its chemical counterparts. Roundy’s is proud to partner with the EPA’s GreenChill program and do its part to help reduce HFC emissions,” said James Hyland, Roundy’s vice president of investor relations, corporate communications, and public affairs.
With the success of the Menomonee Falls store installation, Roundy’s has pledged to install a transcritical CO2 refrigeration system or whatever improved non-HFC technology becomes available in all new store builds and any store remodels where the entire refrigeration system is scheduled for replacement. Six newly built stores are scheduled to open in 2016.
“We not only strive to give our customers a great shopping experience, but also want to contribute to the communities in which we do business, as well as the global community,” said Robert Mariano, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Roundy’s.
For more information about Roundy’s, visit www.roundys.com.
For more information about EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, visit www2.epa.gov/greenchill.
Publication date: 11/16/2015