Committed to Sustainable Operations
Our operations are not energy and carbon intensive, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do everything in our power to make it lower still. We are always looking for ways to reduce our energy consumption and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions across our offices, warehouses, and stores.
As energy management is a key priority for ALDI, all our recent store refurbishments – which will be complete across our store network by 2020 – include extended energy efficient chillers and energy efficient LED lighting.
We’ve also set ourselves a target of reducing our GHG emissions per square metre of sales area by a massive 30% on our 2012 baseline. To help us do so, we have implemented best practice energy management systems across our operations, in line with the global requirements of ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management Systems.
This system enables us to constantly improve our energy performance to drive harmful emissions down. With lighting, refrigeration, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems the major drivers of our energy consumption, we have prioritised upgrading these as part of our ongoing store refurbishment. We also make smart choices when designing, selecting and using these systems, and regularly analyse our energy consumption data and conduct audits to identify any further energy saving opportunities.
To help even further, we have also begun transitioning our stores and warehouses to renewable energy sources through solar-powered, photovoltaic panels. We have committed to installing solar panels across our store and distribution centre network. We’ve already installed enough capacity to provide 2.5 MWH of power, avoiding more than 1900 tons of CO2. That’s the equivalent of driving more than 7.2 million kilometres (imagine driving around the entire Earth 174 times!).