Aldi UK & Ireland aims to be carbon neutral by 2019
Aldi is working to become carbon neutral in the UK and Ireland by 2019 following investment in a long-term carbon management programme.
With more than 775 stores and 11 distribution centres across the UK and Ireland, the supermarket chain has reduced its carbon footprint in recent years and cut greenhouse gas emissions per metre of sales floor by 53% since 2012. Initiatives have included installing 388 solar panel systems and upgrading its store portfolio with energy-efficient equipment.
It has also increased the purchase of green electricity to 100%, implemented an ISO 50001 certified energy management system, and invested £20 million in environmentally friendly refrigeration systems which will be installed across all new stores.
In addition, Aldi is planning to buy offsets and work with Climate Partner to support a range of green projects including protecting forests in Peru, installing clean cookstoves in Ghana, introducing biogas cooking equipment to households in Vietnam and purifying water in India.
Fritz Walleczek, Aldi managing director of corporate responsibility, said: “Becoming carbon neutral is a key part of our Corporate Responsibility commitments.
“We are continually reviewing our operations to reduce emissions and be kinder to the environment, while also future-proofing our growing store portfolio for many years to come.”
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