Did you know that refrigerants are responsible for one-third of a super market’s carbon footprint?
In my research, I recently came across an interesting refrigerant reducing policy called the GreenChill Partnership. In further stakeholder analysis of Public Private Partnerships, The Environmental Protection Agency works with supermarkets to encourage refrigerant emissions with the long-term goal of reducing impact on the ozone layer and climate change.
Refrigerants cause harm to the environment environmental in two main ways: some refrigerants harm the Earth’s ozone layer that protects against cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation, and most refrigerants are potent global warmers with 2-4 thousand times the potency of carbon dioxide.
Emphasizing result driven green technology, GreenChill holds a certification program that certifies partners to different credentials based on their ability to meet emissions reductions criteria. The Platinum certification is at 96 percent, Gold at 73 percent, and Silver at 63 percent, when compared to emissions of an average store.
In its first reporting year in 2007, GreenChill started with six supermarket partners. It now represents nearly 50 partners, or about 20% of the industry. It’s estimated that if every supermarket in the nation reduced their refrigerant emissions down to the levels of GrenChill partners, the U.S. could avoid emissions equal to over twenty two million metric tons of carbon dioxide and 240 Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP) tons every year.
What really got me was the virtual simplicity in suppressing these emissions, as it was primarily associated with leak prevention. The partners didn’t have to actually do much aside from monitor the conditions of the refrigerators and stop leakage if it were to occur, in addition to undergoing emissions testing for data analysis. For what seems like relatively minimal effort, the founding partners saved $13 million and avoided 2.5 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
So.. to the other 80%, what’s keepin’ ya?☼