GreenChill Retailers Defy Refrigerant-Leak Trends

GreenChill Retailers Defy Refrigerant-Leak Trends

“We can’t rely on new systems to make a dent in the industry. We’ve got to do a lot of work on existing systems and make those as leak-tight as we can.” — Keilly Witman, manager of EPA's GreenChill program

PHOENIX — As the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill partnership approaches its fifth anniversary at the end of November, the voluntary program can report that its goal-setting, record-keeping methods have enabled its retail members to cut their refrigerant leak rates to under 13% — almost half that of the industry as a whole.

The seemingly unavoidable refrigerant leaks that spring from supermarket refrigeration systems — at an average annual rate o

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