Discount Retail Chain Aldi Belgium (privately owned) opened in 2019 its new distribution center in Turnhout. It has just officially received a BREEAM "Outstanding" certification. The score achieved makes it the fourth most sustainable industrial building worldwide, says the discounter.
At the time, the discounter invested fifty million euros in the building, which was created with no fewer than ninety sustainability parameters in mind. For example, there are more than 4000 solar panels on the roof and the cooling is done with CO2. The local fauna and flora was protected around the building and there was even a bee hotel.
The supermarket now also receives official recognition for these efforts, in the form of a BREEAM Outstanding certificate. The certificate has already been awarded during the design phase, but it has now also been officially confirmed. According to the BREEAM International New Construction 2016 standard, Aldi Turnhout is even in fourth place worldwide with a score of 92.3%.
"We aimed for the highest possible score, and are therefore very proud of the end result," says Frank Vissers, general manager of the site. "This achievement is fully in line with our sustainability policy and proves once again the sustainable choices we make, both for the well-being of our own employees and for the environment."