UK & Ireland: Aldi achieves carbon neutrality for its operations

Discount Retail Chain Aldi UK and Ireland has achieved its 2019 target of becoming a 'net-zero' business, after investing in a carbon offsetting programme last year.

The company has confirmed that it will purchase carbon credits equivalent to 160,000 tonnes of emissions this year – the total annual footprint of all operations related to its 900 stores and 11 distribution centres across the UK and Ireland.

These #CO2 credits will be used to support a range of “green” projects across the globe, including reforestation schemes, habitat protection programmes and work to build water infrastructure in #India. Delivered through environmental consultancy #ClimatePartner, projects supported by the offset scheme will also see low-carbon cookstoves installed in developing countries and children in #peru given lessons on conservation.

Aldi UK and Ireland’s surpassed its 2020 target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions generated per m2 of sales floor in the #UK and #Ireland by 30%, three years early.

By taking measures such as switching to 100% renewable energy, upgrading its fridges and freezers to more energy-efficient models and installing onsite solar arrays, the company has reduced its emissions per m2 of sales floor by 53%, against a 2012 baseline.

“We are proud to now be a carbon neutral business in the UK and Ireland - however, this is only the start of our journey, as we will continually review our operations and look to reduce emissions wherever possible for many years to come,” Walleczek said.

The announcement from Aldi UK & Ireland comes as Aldi South Group, which operates across Germany, Austria, the UK, Ireland, the US, and Australia, is working to align its future sustainability strategy with the "well below two degrees" target set through the Paris Agreement. The group’s current sustainability strategy targets a range of 2020 emissions reductions goals against a 2012 baseline, but none have been certified as science-based yet.

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