U.S. Supermarkets Taking Action

 

Which companies are taking action to reduce HFC emissions in the U.S. supermarket sector?

The U.S. supermarket sector has generally lagged behind counterparts in other developed countries in adopting cooling technology without super pollutant HFCs.

An Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) assessment of the voluntary actions of U.S. retailers to reduce HFCs showed that a small group of companies are leading the U.S. market in adoption of climate-friendly technologies and refrigerant management best practices. ALDI US emerged as the standout leader with Whole Foods Market, Target, Sprouts Farmer’s Market, and Ahold Delhaize USA also recognized as taking significant action.

Together ALDI US, Whole Foods, Target, Sprouts, and Ahold Delhaize USA have:

Certified at least 258 stores in EPA’s GreenChill Partnership

 
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Installed display cases using energy efficient hydrocarbons in over 1700 stores nationwide

 

Adopted low-GWP refrigerants in at least 243 U.S. supermarket refrigeration systems

All leading companies are active participants in the EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, have adopted climate-friendly technologies in multiple stores, and have made information publicly available on their actions or policies with regard to refrigerants. However, these companies represent just 15% of U.S. supermarkets. There remains a massive opportunity for these and other private sector leaders to step forward and make additional voluntary commitments to U.S. climate action on HFCs in the three areas of technology adoption, refrigerant management, and technical and policy dialogue.