Aldi Ireland has announced that it has become a carbon neutral business following investing in a long-term carbon management programme.
The supermarket, which has 137 stores and two distribution centres across Ireland, will offset the equivalent of over 20,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions this year, it said, thanks to its own carbon reduction activity and supporting offset projects around the world.
‘Through this focus across its operations, including stores, logistics and its head office in Naas, the business has already cut greenhouse gas emissions per m2 of sales floor by 58% since 2012,’ the German retailer outlined in a statement.
“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,” John Curtin, group buying director, said.
Since 2012, Aldi has introduced numerous initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint in Ireland, such as increasing the purchase of green electricity to 100 per cent and implementing an ISO 50001 certified energy management system.
The group also recently invested in the region of €4 million in environmentally friendly refrigeration systems which will be installed across all new stores.