ALDI Australia Powering its Operations with 100% Renewable Electricity
Our operations will always require energy to keep our shelves stocked but as the 67th biggest user of electricity* in Australia, we have a responsibility to ensure we find ways to limit our impact on the environment.
As part of our commitment to contribute to a more sustainable future, all our operations are powered with 100% renewable electricity which has reduced our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 85%.
The procurement of renewable electricity has been achieved using a three-part approach including:
- Onsite generation via our extensive network of solar panels across stores and warehouses. We will have installed more than 104,000 solar panels across 274 stores and six warehouses by the end of 2021.
- Offsite generation through Power Purchase Agreements with two wind farms based in Western Victoria and the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales.
- Third party acquisition of market renewable energy certificates.
By achieving our 100% renewable electricity milestone, we will prevent over 274,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions from entering the atmosphere each year, equivalent to powering 59,677 Australian homes** or taking 80,588 cars off the road for one year***.
We have also implemented energy efficiency measures such as LED lights, reducing our total lighting energy consumption by more than 50%, as well as trialling natural refrigerant technology across our stores.
To read more about how we power our operations with 100% renewable electricity, visit https://www.aldiunpacked.com.au/aldi-harnesses-clean-power-completing-its-renewable-electricity-transition
* National Greenhouse and Energy Report 2019-2020: http://www.cleanenergyregulator.gov.au/NGER/National%20greenhouse%20and%20energy%20reporting%20data/Corporate%20emissions%20and%20energy%20data
** Source: Australian Energy Regulator - Annual retail markets report 2019-20. (Page 116, Table A2.1 : Annual electricity usage levels. 2019-20 annual average kWh: 5,490)
*** Source: National Transport Commission (based on avg. emissions from a car: 169.8gm/km, annual km: 20,000 = Annual emissions from a car: 169.8*20000/1000000 = 3.4t)