The company discloses the GHG emissions in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol or standards based on it and states the goals it has set itself to reduce emissions, as well as its results thus far.
Climate protection ALDI North has set a clear climate target for itself*: We undertake to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions throughout the Group by 40 per cent by 2021 compared to our 2015 levels. This target applies to all emissions that we ourselves cause in the course of our business activities (Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions). Our targets and measures have been compiled in our International Climate Protection Policy. Our climate strategy has a long-term trajectory and two key focal points:
Our carbon footprint breaks down our greenhouse gas emissions by emission source and provides us with starting points for our climate protection measures. It is determined in accordance with the internationally recognised standard set by the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol and audited by a certified auditor. Our most significant emission sources at a glance
- We seek to save energy, refrigerants and fuel through efficiency measures, and we are starting with those areas where consumption is greatest.
- We aim to draw more electricity from renewable energy sources. This includes generating renewable electricity ourselves as well as purchasing it more and more frequently.
The roofs of many stores and distribution centres are equipped with photovoltaic systems. In 2017, the installed capacity of our systems already stood at more than 32,000 kWp (kilowatt peak) and produced more than 23,000 MWh of electricity. We avoided some 6,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions as a result. By 2021, we intend to install an additional nominal capacity of more than 50,000 kWp through more systems. Plans call for 120 systems at ALDI France alone. In 2018/19, another 18 systems will join the 40 others already installed at ALDI Belgium. At the end of 2017, ALDI Portugal already had 16 solar installations in place, and plans call for installing around 5,000 kWp of additional capacity there by 2021. *ALDI North has deliberately opted for an absolute climate protection target to ensure that greenhouse gas emissions are effectively reduced. Please use the following links for further information:
- Stores: Our stores use the most energy for refrigerating food, lighting the retail space and heating, which is typical in the retail industry.
- Refrigeration: Cooling our products requires the use of refrigerants. Refrigerants can escape through leaks into the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.
- Logistics: Around one eighth of our Group-wide greenhouse gas emissions are due to diesel consumption by trucks. Refer to “Mobility & logistics”.
- Distribution centres: Lighting is responsible for a significant portion (up to 50 per cent) of the electricity consumed at our distribution centres.