Carbon Footprint

We have reduced our carbon footprint by 55% per m2 since 2012. Our initiatives below have helped achieve this.

Solar Panels

We have solar panels on 395 of our UK stores and all 11 UK Regional Distribution Centres. That’s a total of over 100,000 panels, enough to cover 28 football pitches! We use the renewable energy they create to power our stores and Regional Distribution Centres. On average, our solar panels power around 10% of a store’s electricity consumption each year - now that’s #EverydayAmazing.

Green Electricity

100% of the electricity we have purchased since 2015 has been generated by green, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power.

Refrigeration

Since the beginning of 2018, all of our new stores have environmentally friendly CO2 refrigeration to significantly reduce our carbon emissions from refrigerant gases. In addition to this, we’re rolling out these refrigeration systems to some of our older stores as we replace end-of-life equipment.

In our newer stores, we utilise the waste heat from the chillers to heat the store. This means we don’t need to use gas!

Transport

Optimising fuel consumption is a key way of reducing our climate impact as this makes up nearly two thirds of our carbon footprint.

We are developing a Sustainable Transport Strategy to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from transport and implement an approach to sustainability in Aldi’s retail logistics.

Here are some ways we are already working to reduce our fuel consumption:

1. Using lighter vehicles with improved aerodynamics and more fuel efficient tyres.

2. Utilising double deck trailers to reduce the amount of journeys we need to make.

3. Training our drivers to drive more efficiently through the use of monitoring software.

4. Making sure the new trucks that we purchase are as efficient as possible.

Water

We are actively managing our water consumption across our estate to ensure that we are operating as sustainably as we can! Over the course of 2019, we switched to a national water retailer, which has given us a comprehensive oversight of our water consumption across our estate. With the help of our specialist water consultants, we undertake site audits, benchmarking exercises, leak detections, repair inspections and take on-board efficiency recommendations to continuously improve our environmental impact with regards to water.

All of our Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) sites have Automatic Meter Reads (AMR) installed as it is important that our highest water using sites are accurately and continually monitored. This enables us to understand our water use patterns and identify efficiency opportunities. All new RDCs also have rainwater harvesting as standard and the vehicle washes use recycled water.

To reduce our water consumption further, we inform and encourage our colleagues to use water responsibly, reduce their water consumption if they can and to notify the relevant stakeholders as soon as possible when a leak is detected. This work is naturally leading to positive behavioural change across all colleagues within our business.

Climate Protection

We are committed to the continuous reduction of our greenhouse gas emissions. Our international climate strategy focuses on the systematic reduction of our energy consumption, employing more environmentally friendly refrigerants, the use of renewable energy, and modern logistics concepts.

The Aldi South Group aim to reduce our overall operational GHG emissions by 26% by the end of 2025 (against baseline year 2016).

The Aldi South Group are committed to encouraging our strategic suppliers, which are responsible for 75% of product related emissions, to work towards setting science-based emissions targets by the end of 2024.