US retailers such as Walmart, Publix and Safeway are doing little to meet public commitments to phase out hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), according to an Environmental Investigation Agency report.
Beyond the Dirty Dozen, a follow up to EIA’s 2013 report The Dirty Dozen, says that despite readily available alternatives, few supermarket chains are replacing leaking refrigeration systems or using HFC- free-systems in new stores. In 2014, US companies opened only eight new supermarkets featuring HFC-free refrigeration, far fewer than retail chains in Canada, Europe, and Japan.
Of the 12 companies EIA surveyed for this report, including Whole Foods Market, only one — Delhaize — is considering a commitment to completely phase out HFCs.
Across the US, more than 37,000 supermarkets contain refrigerators leaking an average of 1,556 metric tons of CO2-equivalent of HFCs each year, EIA says.
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