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EPA Recognizes Supervalu, Inc., for Achieving Emissions Target as Part of GreenChill Program

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Contact Information: David Bryan, 913-551-7433, bryan.david@epa.gov


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(Kansas City, Kan., August 25, 2009) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Supervalu, Inc., as a GreenChill partner honoree. The GreenChill Partnership works with supermarket industries through a cooperative alliance to reduce their emissions of ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas refrigerants.

The nationwide food retailer, headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, received the Environmental Achievement Award for Emissions Reduction and was one of only two companies to achieve its target for 2008. Supervalu also serves as the parent company of the St. Louis-based Shop ‘n Save. The company also includes Cub Foods and Osco Pharmacy.

“Supervalu’s size and organizational structure make it particularly challenging to achieve a corporate refrigerant emissions reduction goal, which makes their accomplishment this year even more impressive,” said Keilly Witman, GreenChill Program Manager. “Supervalu took on the GreenChill emissions reduction challenge and did what was necessary to achieve their goals.”

EPA estimates that if every supermarket in the nation joined GreenChill and reduced its emissions to the current GreenChill average, the nation could reduce the equivalent of 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and 240 tons of ozone-depleting refrigerants every year, while also saving $108 million in refrigerant expenses annually.

GreenChill now has a total of 46 partners, including 37 food retail partners with more than 6,500 stores in 47 states.
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For information about Supervalu, visit: www.supervalu.com