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Most refrigeration and air-conditioning systems release emissions that may be harmful to the environment, but Publix takes steps to reduce these. It is important to the company to make sure they are following proper guidelines to keep refrigerated items cool, but stay green in the process. 

EPA GreenChill Program 
Publix works closely with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill program to develop innovative practices to incorporate refrigerants that are friendlier to the environment. Here are a few benefits of our partnership with GreenChill: 

  • Decreases the impact of commercial refrigeration systems on the atmosphere. 
  • Regulates refrigeration systems to prevent costly leaks. According to the EPA, a typical food retail store’s refrigeration system leaks about one quarter of its refrigerant charge each year. 
  • Strategically reduces emissions while also saving money. 
  • Provides tools and guidelines for new technologies and servicing practices.  

Going Green and Staying Cool 
When following GreenChill Store Certification Criteria for reducing refrigerant emissions, the EPA rewards retailers who have successfully carried out these environmentally safe practices. Dozens of Publix stores have received this certification — many of which received Gold Certification for their green practices. 

There are three levels of certification that a store can receive from the GreenChill program. It starts with Silver, moves up to Gold and at the top is the Platinum award. To qualify, stores must be using refrigerants with low ozone-depleting potential, have emissions rates of less than 15% and have successfully installed leak-tested equipment.