In July 2022, Giant Eagle invested in wind generation assets that produce enough green energy to power our Giant Eagle, Market District and GetGo locations in central Ohio. This wind power, generated from turbines, amounts to an estimated 60 million kilowatt-hours annually, equivalent to offsetting the CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 7,500 homes for one year.
“Investing in wind energy allows Giant Eagle to shift 15% of our organization’s brown energy, or energy produced by fossil fuels, to a clean, green fuel source,” said Eric Orwell, Director of Procurement Operations. “Evolving our energy-buying strategy supports our goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions in a reliable, cost-effective way, while also supporting our local markets.”
Giant Eagle earned the GreenChill Superior and Exceptional Goal Achievements for reaching our annual and stretch refrigerant emissions reduction goals in 2021.
GreenChill, a voluntary EPA program, presents awards each year to partners within the food retail industry that demonstrate “exceptional environmental performance as demonstrated by their efforts, leadership, and initiative towards reducing refrigerant emissions.” The GreenChill Partnership helps food retailers transition to environmentally friendlier refrigerants, reduce harmful refrigerant emissions and adopt greener refrigeration technologies and environmental best practices.