EL SEGUNDO, CA –
Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market has joined the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership
, voluntarily committing to reduce refrigerant emissions to minimize the impact on climate change and protect the ozone layer.
"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.
By being thoughtful in how we operate all parts of our business, we’ve been able to make a significant difference in our overall environmental impact,” said Fresh & Easy CEO Tim Mason. “We are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint – from energy efficient refrigeration units to skylight in stores to our solar panel installation on our distribution center.”