Aldi Italy is committed to reducing emissions
By 2025, it aims to decrease by a quarter compared to 2016
Since March 2018, energy consumption in Aldi stores has decreased by 8.5% thanks to photovoltaic systems, energy recovery initiatives and the use of latest generation refrigeration systems.
Aldi continues its green commitment with the aim of achieving, by 2025, a reduction of more than a quarter of its CO2e emissions, compared to 2016. Since March 2018, energy consumption in Aldi stores has decreased by 8, 5% thanks to photovoltaic systems, energy recovery initiatives and the use of latest generation refrigeration systems. With an extension equal to 3.5 football fields, the photovoltaic panels that Aldi stores are equipped with have made it possible to self-produce over 2 million kWh of green energy in 2020, allowing a saving of 1,117 tons of CO2e, which become 1,758 tons if we consider the period from March 2018.
When not self-produced by photovoltaic panels, Aldi's energy comes from renewable sources and is also made available to customers who, while shopping, can make free use of the 64 charging stations for electric vehicles, present in 31 stores. The stores are suitably insulated to minimize consumption due to air conditioning and LED lighting reduces energy consumption by up to 50% compared to traditional lamps.
Michael Gscheidlinger, Aldi's country managing director Italy, added: “We measure every aspect of our business to continue our expansion plan in Italy with the utmost attention to environmental impact. Aldi's energy management, from our 108 points of sale, to the offices and to the two logistics centers of Oppeano (VR) and Landriano (PV), is fully ISO 50001 certified and we aim to reduce CO2e emissions even more to improve performance of energy sustainability in a market that we consider strategic in Europe".
Technological innovation is one of the great allies of this challenge which also makes it possible to make the consumption of refrigerated counters and frozen islands more efficient. Compared to traditional technology, thanks to the latest generation equipment and systems and natural refrigerants, in 2020 alone 407 tons of CO2e were saved, with a reduction of almost 5% in consumption. The heat produced by the refrigerated counters is then recovered for heating the shops and 96% of their materials are recycled at the end of their life.
The “Today for Tomorrow” program establishes the principles and actions of the company to ensure sustainable development, through specific initiatives including reducing the weight of packaging and increasing its recyclability rate. Furthermore, thanks to the collaboration with Plastic Bank, Aldi is the first retailer in Italy to use food packaging made 100% with Social Plastic.
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