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Zero Zone Signs on to GreenChill

Refrigeration company Zero Zone, Inc. has become a partner in GreenChill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cooperative alliance of supermarket operators, refrigeration systems manufacturers, and chemical companies committed to sustainable business practices.

According to David Morrow, president of North Prairie, Wis.-based Zero Zone: "With nearly 35,000 supermarkets in the U.S., reducing emissions of ozone-depleting refrigerants and greenhouse gases in the supermarket industry will have a very positive impact on our country and our planet....[To work] closely with other manufacturers and food retailers to set sustainability guidelines for our industry...we have named [v.p. of sales & marketing] Mark Westphal and [engineering manager] Bruce our representatives in the GreenChill Partnership....In association with other GreenChill partners, they will establish leak tightness standards for manufacturing, installation and maintenance of refrigeration systems, as well as developing guidelines for supermarkets considering advanced refrigeration technologies."

Zero Zone creates and makes refrigeration systems that include options for oil and refrigerant management. This equipment guards against catastrophic system leaks while responsibly managing resources. The company additionally offers distributed refrigeration systems, which significantly reduce the amount of refrigerant and copper piping usually needed in traditional refrigeration systems. Zero Zone's glass door display cases provide an energy-saving alternative to open multidecks for frozen foods, ice cream, dairy, deli and beverages.

"The addition of Zero Zone to the Partnership means that we now have four out of the five leading refrigeration systems manufacturers as members in the partnership, so we have quite a lot of industry expertise in the team," said Dave Godwin, acting branch chief, EPA Stratospheric Protection Division.

Among the goals of the GreenChill Advanced Refrigeration Partnership are to support supermarkets' transition to non-ozone-depleting refrigerants, reduce emissions of both ozone-depleting and greenhouse gas refrigerant emissions, promote supermarkets' adoption of advanced refrigeration technologies, and reduce the environmental impact of the supermarket industry on the ozone layer and climate change.

Retail participants in GreenChill include Food Lion, Cub Foods, Giant Eagle, Price Chopper, Publix, and Supervalu.
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