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EPA Recognizes Meijer's Refrigeration System

Meijer has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's GreenChill Program for having the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate out of all U.S. GreenChill Partners over the past year. This is the third consecutive year the retailer has received the honor.

The GreenChill program is a voluntary partnership with food retailers, refrigeration system manufacturers, and chemical manufacturers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. GreenChill provides industry stakeholders with information and assistance to transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, reduce the amount of refrigerant they use, eliminate refrigerant leaks, implement environmental best practices, and adopt green refrigeration technologies, according to Meijer.

As an active program participant since 2012, the retailer focused on reducing its refrigerant leak rate which is now below the industry average.

"Lessening our impact on the environment through a continued commitment to reduce carbon emissions is important to us and our customers," said Vik Srinivasan, chief administrative officer for Meijer, in a statement. "We've made significant progress toward our goal of reducing our absolute carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2025, thanks in part to our teams' continued focus on refrigeration management through our partnership with GreenChill."

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