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"EPA is very proud to welcome Fresh & Easy into the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership," said Keilly Witman of EPA's Stratospheric Protection Division. "Since the program's inception a year and a half ago, GreenChill's partners have proven themselves to be leaders in reducing supermarkets' effect on the ozone layer and climate change. Fresh & Easy is a welcome addition to that effort."
According to GreenChill, the industry average for refrigerant leakage is 25%. Fresh & Easy’s current leak rate is well under 10% due to advanced refrigeration technologies and the company’s use of a refrigeration system alarm center and leak detection program to actively monitor and respond to refrigerant leaks quickly.
In addition to Fresh & Easy’s efforts to reduce refrigerant emissions, the company also stresses energy efficiency. Energy efficient characteristics of the company’s refrigeration units include:
- Energy efficient doors on freezer and dairy doors. Utilizing triple pain glass with an anti-fog coating which eliminates the need for door heaters for icing or fogging.
- Refrigeration cases use night curtains to conserve energy while ensuring the food stays at the appropriate temperature when the stores are closed.
- LED lighting in the freezer and diary cases.