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EPA Recognizes Supervalu for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Release Date: 10/07/2010
Contact Information: Peter Cassell, 312-886-6234, cassell.peter@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 10-OPA119

CHICAGO (Oct. 7, 2010) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced that Supervalu, based in Eden Prairie, Minn., has received the GreenChill Environmental Achievement Award for reducing greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting refrigerant emissions. Supervalu also earned GreenChill’s Distinguished Supermarket Partner Award for its efforts to advance the mission of EPA’s GreenChill partnership.

GreenChill is an EPA partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. EPA estimates that if supermarkets nationwide reduced their emissions to the GreenChill average emissions rate, the it would eliminate the equivalent of 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, equal to removing nearly 4 million passenger vehicles from the road. This would also help restore stratospheric ozone, which protects the Earth from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, a leading cause of skin cancer.

EPA’s GreenChill partnership program includes 50 members with almost 5,500 stores in 48 states. For additional information on EPA’s GreenChill partnership, please visit: www.epa.gov/greenchill.

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