Keeping things simple is Aldi’s watchword and its latest simple, yet impactful environmental policy is going to make a big difference to the planet. Aldi is taking the lead in the UK supermarket industry, by switching its store refrigerants to a low carbon emission option. Predicted to cut the retailer’s gas carbon emission by 99 per cent, this environmentally friendly initiative has already rolled out in some of the chain’s UK stores, such as its new Nuneaton shop. The investment by Aldi in refrigerants with a lower global warming potential is around £20m for the 700 outlets likely to be involved in the programme.
So why now? Aldi’s commitment to minimising the ecological impact of its business is at the core of its Corporate Social Responsibility principles. Aldi is aiming to become climate-neutral and has made an ongoing commitment to reduce emissions, and this latest change is simply the next chapter in its planned reduction of the climatic and environmental impact of its stores, distribution centres and corporate administration buildings.
By working with government bodies and industry specialists, Aldi is able to monitor its refrigeration units closely to ensure they operate efficiently and greenhouse gas emissions remain as low as possible. New and innovative low carbon technologies, such as the CO2 refrigerant chosen by Aldi, will help to reduce the low-cost retailers’ carbon footprint. By helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Aldi’s aim is to reduce its impact on the environment and by default, the most common factor in rising levels of global warming.
Since 2015, Aldi has been replacing its chest freezers for models with a lower Global Warming Potential (GWP) and this project is due to be completed in 2018. Another eco initiative put in place by Aldi to reduce its carbon footprint include increasing the number of outlets which repurpose the heat from refrigeration, freezer and chiller units into in-store heating units. Over a third of all stores in the UK and Ireland are on board so far in this project to reduce energy consumption.
As a business, Aldi prides itself on working every day to help create a better, greener world to live in, and it’s not just refrigerants which the firm is looking to in order to become a greener company. The company is also supporting climate protection projects and looking at their business operations as a whole in order to ‘think green’. This covers using renewable energies and making its logistics management systems more efficient, as well as introducing new ways to be energy efficient, such as using renewable energies. Aldi’s end game is to have zero-waste in its business practices by recycling, reusing and reducing consumption wherever possible. By working with experts in order to tap into the latest thinking, Aldi constantly introduces new ways of operating as a business, so that customers, suppliers and the community know that they are dealing with a forward-thinking company which has both them, and the planet, at the heart of everything it does.