The retail giant’s director of energy efficiency will help U.S. nonprofit focused on natural refrigerant adoption by North American supermarkets.
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The North American Sustainable Refrigeration Council (NASRC), a U.S. nonprofit focused on supporting natural refrigerant adoption in the supermarket sector, announced today that Jim McClendon, director of energy efficiency for Walmart Stores Inc., has joined its board of directors.
“I’m really excited to be a part of this forward-thinking organization,” said McClendon in the NASRC announcement. “As we navigate the uncertainties of the refrigeration landscape, it seems apparent that legacy approaches and technologies will not sustain the industry. Whether in terms of refrigerants, efficiency, or practice, we must be innovative and insist on new, lower-carbon solutions.”
Since 2005, McClendon has led Walmart’s initiatives to reduce their total energy consumption in new and existing stores, contributing to their greenhouse gas emissions goals. Walmart is the largest U.S. retailer in sales volume.
“Whether in terms of refrigerants, efficiency, or practice, we must be innovative and insist on new, lower-carbon solutions.”
– Jim McClendon, Walmart
With over 20 years of experience in the HVAC/R industry, McClendon can offer perspectives from a variety of stakeholders, including end-users, engineering and design firms, and service contractors, said NASRC.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jim to our board of directors,” said Peter Dee, chair of the NASRC Board, and sales & service director for Danfoss Food Retail. “He is an outstanding addition to the industry leaders who currently sit on the board, and his expertise will no doubt contribute to our mission of addressing the hurdles of natural refrigerants.”