Everyone both in the retail industry and surrounding it should have a vested interest in making improvements where supermarket maintenance is concerned. Better maintenance practices can have a profoundly positive impact not just on individual supermarkets, but also on the economy and the environment. No one wants to see resources go to waste.
For this reason, the industry is starting to see more regulatory involvement, as the United States Environmental Protection Agency has begun taking more of a hands-on approach to helping supermarkets better manage their physical assets. This should represent a win-win situation for the businesses and the EPA.
“The EPA has an interest in helping supermarkets improve both their technology and their day-to-day routines.”
The Food Marketing Institute recently detailed the ongoing efforts of the EPA in this area, in a research paper entitled “EPA and the Supermarket Industry: Partners in Environmental Protection.” The FMI report focused on two major areas of analysis – one is the fact that outdated refrigerants are a threat to the ozone layer and contribute to climate change, and the other is the impact of supermarket refrigeration systems on leak rates.
The EPA has an interest in helping supermarkets improve both their technology and their day-to-day routines. More specifically, here are four ways the EPA hopes that businesses can strengthen themselves where the maintenance function is concerned.
A stronger sense of cooperation
Many have historically seen the EPA as an adversary of the supermarket industry, levying fines and sanctions against businesses, but the organization is hoping to build a greater sense of cooperation in the near future, allying with supermarkets to make improvements that can benefit everyone.
More advanced technologies and practices
New technologies are being introduced all the time that help supermarkets refrigerate their inventories more efficiently. The EPA is working with stores to help them adopt these solutions en masse, plus adopt more efficient strategies for using them on a daily basis.
Reduction of environmental harm
Poor refrigeration practices can have a deleterious effect on the environment, including the emission of ozone-depleting substances such as highly potent greenhouse gases. One of the EPA’s primary areas of focus is reducing these emissions.
A long-term emphasis on global trends
The EPA is focused not just on the short-term environmental impact of what supermarkets do, but also on the big picture. For example, global warming is an ongoing topic of conversation, and it will be for decades. The EPA is hoping to partner with the supermarket industry to keep climate change in check.