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U.S. environmental agency recognizes Turner Hannaford



Supermarket receives “Best of the Best” award, granted rare platinum certification for its first-in-nation refrigeration system


For Immediate Release:
Sept. 9, 2013

Eric Blom

News Release

U.S. Environmental Agency Recognizes Turner Hannaford
Supermarket receives “Best of the Best” award, granted rare platinum certification for its first-in-nation refrigeration system

Scarborough, MAINE – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership this morning presented the Turner Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy with the organization’s 2013 “Best of the Best Award.” The honor recognizes the store for using a first-in-the nation refrigeration system that is far better for the environment than conventional systems.

Hannaford received the award – one of the top annual recognitions offered by GreenChill -- during a presentation at the FMI Energy & Store Development Conference in Baltimore.

The new Turner Hannaford store is the first supermarket in the United States to cool and freeze food with a system that uses only carbon dioxide (CO2) as a refrigerant. Traditional refrigeration technologies are prone to refrigerant leaks that both deplete the ozone layer and contribute to climate change. The natural coolant used at the Turner Hannaford eliminates the risk to the ozone layer and significantly reduces the store’s climate impacts.

The GreenChill Partnership also recently certified the store at the rarely achieved platinum level. A California supermarket was recertified as platinum last year and is the only other store in the country currently certified at that prestigious level.

Tom Land, who manages the GreenChill Partnership at EPA, formally presented the GreenChill platinum certification recently during a ceremony at the Turner Hannaford. Store Manager Kim Kuusela accepted the recognition for the company.

“This is an exciting time for Hannaford and for supermarkets across the nation,” said Land. “Hannaford’s innovative leadership using the transcritical CO2 refrigeration technology demonstrates that supermarkets can make major strides to reduce their environmental impacts. The GreenChill Partnership is thrilled to present Turner Hannaford with a GreenChill platinum level store certification.”

Transcritical refrigeration operates at higher pressure than other CO2 systems, eliminating the need for refrigerants that are harmful to the environment.

The GreenChill Store Certification Program encourages food retailers to use refrigerants in their cooling systems that are not damaging to the ozone layer or climate and limit the amount of refrigerant this is released into the atmosphere. Platinum-level certification is a rare honor, representing the highest level of recognition available from the GreenChill Store Certification Program.

Hannaford opened its 35,000-square-foot store in the central Maine community of Turner on July 20. Until that time, transcritical CO2 refrigeration units had been employed in northern Europe and Canada, but never at a supermarket in the United States.

“Hannaford started looking at this system two years ago, as part of our company’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions overall,” said Harrison Horning, Director of Equipment Purchasing, Maintenance and Energy. “Employing a refrigerant like CO2 required a lot of learning for us and that learning continues. The Turner refrigeration system is a pilot for Hannaford and gives us a living laboratory in how to use this environmentally sustainable technology.”

Turner’s refrigeration system is the latest example of innovation by Hannaford, which has been an industry leader in sustainability.

In 2009, Hannaford opened the world’s most environmentally sustainable supermarket on Cony Street in Augusta, Maine. It was the first supermarket certified at the platinum level for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) by the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Our company is proud of the work done by the Engineering team by bringing this CO2 refrigeration system to Hannaford because it represents one more way for us to keep costs and prices down for customers while we help safeguard the environment,” said George Parmenter, Manager of Sustainability for Hannaford.

About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 182 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. All Hannaford stores feature Guiding Stars, America’s first storewide nutrition navigation system, and most stores have full-service pharmacies. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.

About EPA’s GreenChill Partnership
EPA’s GreenChill Partnership works with supermarkets to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The Partnership provides information and assistance to help supermarkets transition to environmentally-friendlier refrigerants; reduce harmful refrigerant emissions; and adopt green refrigeration technologies and environmental best practices. For more information on EPA’s GreenChill Partnership, including its Store Certification Program, please visit www2.epa.gov/greenchill.

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