Goal 2020: ALDI SOUTH’s climate strategy

The ALDI SOUTH Group adopted an international climate strategy in 2014. In it, we have defined the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions per square metre of sales area by the year 2020 in every national organisation by 30% against the year 2012. For this calculation, Australia, the USA, and Germany are considered separately whereas the UK and Ireland on the one hand and the Hofer S/E countries, i.e. Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Hungary, on the other hand are consolidated into two respective groups. In all countries, or country groups, respectively, we succeeded in reducing emissions per square metre between 2012 and 2014, in part considerably. Although we increased the number of stores from 4,672 in 2012 to 5,063 in 2014, we have even been able to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions – as measured in CO2 equivalents – by 8.6% across the group in the same period.

Regular evaluation of Company Carbon Footprint

We are monitoring our progress by calculating the Company Carbon Footprint (CCF) for all of our corporate processes and sites every two years in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol). The Company Carbon Footprint was last calculated for the year 2014. The CCF analysis shows us the main emission sources and thus enables us to focus on the most important fields of action for climate protection.

From these analyses, we know that the majority of the greenhouse gas emissions (GHG emissions) we generate are from our stores, followed by the transport of our products and the operation of our distribution centres. With respect to stores and distribution centres, this is primarily due to the electricity required to cool products and ventilate the buildings as well as for air conditioning and lighting. In some countries, baking units are a considerable factor. Emissions are also caused by unavoidable refrigerant leakage and energy consumption for heating. With respect to transport, GHG emissions result primarily from the consumption of fuel.

Company Carbon Footprint 2014 of the ALDI SOUTH Group in kg CO2e per m² sales area

Fields of action in climate protection

Absolute GHG emissions in 2014 in thousands of tonnes CO2e by country/country group

The main elements of the ALDI SOUTH Group climate strategy, which focusses on our stores, transport, and distribution centres, are:

  • decreasing energy consumption via more efficient technology,
  • reducing harmful emissions caused by refrigerants via the use of climate friendly alternatives,
  • using energy from renewable sources, and
  • building up a more environmentally friendly vehicle fleet and optimising all logistics processes.

The opportunities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions vary from country to country within the ALDI SOUTH Group. In some countries, for example, electricity from renewable sources is more readily available than in others. Moreover, the climatic conditions and building standards vary considerably depending on the country. In line with our decentralised organisational structure, the national organisations may choose different approaches in order to reach or exceed the internationally agreed goals.

Increasing energy efficiency in our stores and distribution centres

If we are not able to fully meet the reduction goal we have defined in every country group by 2020 with these measures, we plan to also invest in climate protection and reforestation projects to compensate for our CO2 emissions.

Since the beginning of 2016, the operations of Hofer in Austria have been carbon-neutral. This was achieved primarily through reductions, modernisations, and the usage of electricity from renewable sources. Emissions which cannot be avoided are compensated by supporting a range of climate protection projects. (Carbon-neutral: Insight Hofer in Austria)