Wednesday 26 August 2020

ALDI Australia plans to use 100% renewable power by 2021

ALDI Australia plans to use 100% renewable power by 2021

ALDI Australia has become the first supermarket in the country to make a commitment to power its operations solely using renewable energy sources by 2021.

To achieve its target, the supermarket has invested in a huge renewable project, which includes the installation of solar panels on 175 stores and six distribution centres.

More than 250 stores will have solar installations by the end of 2020, producing more than 15% of ALDI's total energy use in Australia.

They are expected to help reduce 41,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year – equivalent to taking 11,700 cars off the road or generating enough electricity to power 7,000 average Australian homes.

The supermarket has also invested in wind energy, with two power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 180,000MWh of electricity from large-scale projects in New South Wales Southern Tablelands and Western Victoria.

The projects are expected to help avoid more than 160,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year.

In addition, ALDI has reduced overall operational emissions intensity by 40% in Australia, from a 2012 baseline, by investing in energy efficiency measures such as LED lighting and natural refrigerants.

The supermarket, which currently has 555 stores and eight distribution centres, is also encouraging its business partners to set their own science-based emission targets by the end of 2024.

Tom Daunt, CEO of ALDI Australia said: “We are proud to have built a reputation for providing customers with high quality products and an affordable shopping experience. As we continue our journey in Australia, we want to reassure our shoppers that how we conduct business is equally important as the value we offer.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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