February 10, 2016 – It’s official! We’ve joined the ranks of a number of retailers nationwide in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership. GreenChill works with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.
So, what does this mean? Greener refrigeration practices allow us to further our progress toward achieving sustainable operations. We’re committed to our people, customers, partners and the environment and this is one more step in supporting our initiatives to being an environmentally-friendly company.
As part of this effort, we’re working toward reducing our overall greenhouse gas emissions. We also actively monitor our overall carbon footprint, including emissions from corporate and regional offices, warehouses and stores.
In addition to the Partnership commitment, two ALDI stores, located in Webster and West Carthage, New York, were recently awarded the GreenChill Platinum certification. GreenChill’s Store Certification Program for Food Retailers recognizes individual stores for using environmentally friendlier commercial refrigeration systems. Relative to a similarly-sized average supermarket, together, these two stores are expected to avoid annual refrigerant emissions equivalent to an estimated 323 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equal to removing 68 passenger vehicles from the road.
According to the EPA, a typical supermarket leaks about 1,000 pounds of harmful refrigerant gas into the atmosphere every year. GreenChill Partners have refrigerant emissions rates that are 50 percent lower than the national average – pretty impressive if you ask us. If every supermarket achieved GreenChill standards, over the course of a year the industry could save more than $100 million in refrigerant costs and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by an amount equal to the greenhouse gas emissions of 4.2 million cars.
We’re proud to join the GreenChill Partnership. For more information, visit https://corporate.aldi.us/en/corporate-responsibility/corporate-responsibility/.