And the GreenChill 2013 award goes to… R744!

By Janaina Topley Lira, Sep 10, 2013, 15:59 2 minute reading

US Retailer Hannaford, part of the Delhaize Group, was honoured with the GreenChill Partnership ‘Best of the Best’ award at the 2013 Energy & Store Development Conference, for its CO2 transcritical store. Following last year’s win by SUPERVALU, this is the second year in a row that an all-natural store takes home the top prize. Leading CO2 system supplier Hillphoenix won the prize for ‘Store Certification Excellence’.

Around 150 participants attended the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) GreenChill Awards held on 9 September in Baltimore. Those stores or suppliers working with CO2 refrigeration were recognised in several awards categories, a reflection of the increasing market trend towards the use CO2 as a refrigerant.
 
Hannaford wins best-certified store for CO2 transcritical supermarket
 
The Hannford supermarket in Turner Maine, which was recognised with a GreenChill Platinum certification on the 29 August, is the GreenChill 2012-2013 winner of the ‘Best of the Best’ category. The store features the Food Lion’s first ever CO2 transcritical refrigeration installation in the US, which was provided by Carnot Refrigeration. In addition to being climate and ozone friendly, it is thought that this refrigeration system will operate 5-10% more efficiently than conventional DX systems.
 
Store Certification Excellence prize awarded to Hillphoenix
 
Hillphoenix earned the GreenChill 2012-2013 Achievement Award for Store Certification Excellence, having installed systems in the most GreenChill-certified stores over the past year. It is estimated that around half of these stores use natural refrigerants.
 
Hillphoenix installed 41 systems in GreenChill-certified stores in 2012, and 92 systems in stores since the GreenChill certification program was launched.
 
GreenChill’s partners have 50% average lower leakage rate
 
When it first started in 2007 GreenChill had 3200 stores in its partnership. Six years later, in 2012, this number had grown to 8034 stores, representing 20% of the US market. In 2012 GreenChill had certified a total of 84 stores.
 
In terms of impact on reducing refrigerant leakage rates, compared to the industry average of 25%, in 2012 GreenChill partners had a 50% lower leakage rate, of only 12.6%. What is more, Greenchill partners have made significant progress in moving away from R22 to other refrigerants. Whilst in 2007 the share of R22 among partners was 63.8%, this had dropped by one third, to 40.6%, by 2012.
 
Beyond these impressive figures however, perhaps GreenChill’s greatest triumph is the way it has changed assumptions about how government and industry can work together, and how industry progress can be measured.
 
Background
 
EPA’s GreenChill Partnership works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The Partnership helps supermarkets transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants; reduce harmful refrigerant emissions; and adopt greener refrigeration technologies and environmental best practices.

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By Janaina Topley Lira

Sep 10, 2013, 15:59




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