Aldi Ireland to be carbon neutral by 2019
Finbar McCarthy, group buying director, Aldi Ireland says “becoming carbon neutral is a key part of our corporate responsibility commitments"
14 August 2018 | 0
Aldi Ireland has unveiled plans to become carbon neutral by 2019 following investment in a long-term carbon management programme.
The supermarket, which operates 132 stores and two distribution centres across Ireland, has significantly reduced its carbon footprint in recent years, including upgrading its store portfolio with energy-efficient equipment.
Through this focus across its operations, including stores and logistics, the business reports it has already cut greenhouse gas emissions per m2 of sales floor by 58% since 2012.
During this time, Aldi has increased the purchase of green electricity to 100%, implemented an ISO 50001 certified energy management system, and invested over €2.5million this year in environmentally friendly refrigeration systems which will be installed across all new stores.
Aldi is also planning to buy offsets and work with ClimatePartner 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. All of these projects contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will complement Aldi’s wider corporate and social responsibility pledge.
“Becoming carbon neutral is a key part of our corporate responsibility commitments,” said Finbar McCarthy, group buying director, Aldi Ireland.
“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,” McCarthy said.