Supermarkets are taking different roads to efficiency like Star Market in Massachusetts, aimed at reducing emissions, and Brookshire Grocery in Texas, which is addressing fleet efficiency.
Star Market Newton, Mass., is the first grocery store in the U.S. to receive the Environmental Protection Agency’s GreenChill Partnership platinum store award, thanks to its advanced refrigeration technology that cuts the use of refrigerants by 85 percent compared to a typical supermarket, reports Environmental Design+Construction.
EPA estimates that if every U.S. supermarket joined GreenChill it would prevent 22 million metric tons of carbon dioxide and 240 tons of ozone-depleting substances annually, according to the article. It would also save $108 million in refrigerant costs each year.
Addressing fleet efficiency, Brookshire Grocery is implementing the Xatanet fleet operations software platform from Xata to help the supermarket monitor and manage the performance of its trucking fleet, reports Supermarket News. The implementation will be completed by the end of November.
Brookshire Grocery has 75 vehicles.