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09/30/2021

Meijer recognized by EPA for low refrigerant emissions rate

The retailer has focused on reducing its refrigerant leak and now is 18.2% below the industry average, the company said.
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Meijer is stepping up its sustainability efforts.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer recently shared that it has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill program for its low corporate-wide refrigerant emissions.

For the past 12 years, the retailer has focused on reducing its refrigerant leak and now is 18.2% below the industry average, the company shared.

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“Refrigeration plays a vital role in ensuring foods are stored at the proper temperature before they’re purchased by our customers, but many people don’t realize it makes an impact on the environment,” Vik Srinivasan, the senior vice president of properties and real estate at Meijer said. “Meijer is committed to lessening our carbon footprint, and this continued partnership with GreenChill helps us reach our environmental goals.”

EPA’s GreenChill program is a voluntary partnership with food retailers, refrigeration system manufacturers and chemical manufacturers to reduce refrigerant emissions and their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

Since 2012, Meijer has been part of the GreenChill program and has reduced its refrigerant emissions across 257 supercenters.

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“Meijer’s continuous commitment to environmental protection is exemplified by its four 2020 recognitions,” Kirsten Cappel, GreenChill program manager said. “In earning GreenChill’s ‘Best Emissions Rate,’ Meijer is demonstrating this commitment to other food retailers and customers. We congratulate Meijer on their successes and look forward to a continued partnership.”

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