Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods operates about 500 retail locations in the U.S. The company has been a leading adopter of low-GWP refrigeration technologies, piloting several unique system designs including transcritical CO2 systems, and CO2 cascade or secondary loop systems using either propane, ammonia, or a greatly reduced charge of HFCs as the primary refrigerant. The company has also adopted innovative energy saving technologies and design alongside low-GWP refrigerants to decrease the overall climate footprint of refrigeration. "For nearly 40 years since we opened our first store, Whole Foods Market has been committed to environmental sustainability, and finding new opportunities to reduce our energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. We currently have 30 stores using low-GWP refrigeration systems including CO2, propane and ammonia and have adopted propane self-contained cases across the entire chain. We have seen great results from our low GWP projects to date and continue to invest in innovation, exploring new approaches to reducing HFCs while addressing the varying needs of food retail refrigeration.” -Aaron Daly, Principal, Global Director of Energy Management, Whole Foods Market


Specific actions taken by Whole Foods Market:

  • 30 stores now utilize climate-friendly refrigeration systems employing low-GWP refrigerants in a central refrigeration system as a primary or secondary refrigerant

  • A flagship Whole Foods store in Brooklyn, NY is 100% HFC-free using a transcritical CO2 booster system and employs innovative heat reclaim and combined heat and power technologies making it about 60% more efficient than the average grocery store.

  • Self-contained cases using propane have been deployed across the entire network of stores

  • Active participant in the EPA’s GreenChill Partnership with 8 stores certified