The Dirty Dozen
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Supermarkets in the United States emit large amounts of potent greenhouse gases known as HFCs (hydrofluorocarbons), which are widely used in commercial refrigeration and air-conditioning. A dozen of the largest and most important US supermarket chains and retailers were surveyed by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) to ascertain what policies and actions were being taken both to reduce the amount of HFC emissions leaking from refrigeration units and what measures were underway to begin phasing out the use of HFCs. The results of these surveys are presented in the report The Dirty Dozen: How your local supermarket is killing the climate.
The results from these “Dirty Dozen” are not only disappointing but also shocking.Not a single store surveyed received a passing grade, illustrating once again that U.S. supermarkets are ignoring the significant greenhouse gas emissions. Will the “Dirty Dozen” retailers take action to prevent HFCs from further damaging the global climate and by extension the communities that patronize their stores?
For complete results: see EIA's Supermarket Matrix