Sky perspective on a ALDI store with solar panels
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October 2021

ALDI continues to make progress towards achieving Science Based Targets for climate protection

In July 2020, the ALDI SOUTH Group became one of the first international food retailers with a company-wide “Science Based Target” (SBT) for climate protection. The “Progress Report on Climate Protection 2020” shows that ALDI is already exceeding its science-based reduction target for operational emissions and is making good progress in regard to its supplier engagement target.

Company Carbon Footprint

ALDI monitors its progress towards the vision of “Zero Carbon” by annually calculating its Company Carbon Footprint for all of its business processes and locations in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in our Operations

Action: Reducing operational GHG emissions by 26% by 2025 compared to 2016

In 2020, the ALDI SOUTH Group overachieved its absolute reduction target for operational emissions, by reducing its operational emissions by 45%. When including external logistics providers, who run a significant share of the transport between our regional distribution centres (RDCs) and stores, the reduction is 31%.

The ALDI SOUTH Group’s target of reducing GHG emissions in every country organisation by 30% per square metre of sales area by 2020 (compared to 2012) is also being achieved with continuous improvements in each national organisation.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in our Supply Chain

Action: Encouraging our suppliers (responsible for 75% of product-related emissions) to set science-based targets by 2024

The focus of our reduction activities for corporate value chain is on emissions from the product supply chain, as more than 92% of our supply chain emissions fall into this area. In 2020, we started to support our business partners with online training opportunities, and conducted our first annual survey on climate commitment (focus on strategic business partner). The results show that 97 strategic suppliers, who are responsible for 21% of our product-related emissions, either have a target in line with the Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) criteria or have committed to set science-based targets within the next two years. With this first interim result, we are making good progress towards our supplier engagement target.

Outlook

Zero Carbon is one of the four international focus areas of our global Corporate Responsibility (CR) Strategy. We are aware that with a growing business, greenhouse gas emissions could increase in the future. We are working on projects that continue to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. We will also work with partners along our supply chain and benefit from their know-how, promote innovation at product level and implement projects to further reduce GHG emissions in our product supply chains.


 

ALDI CR Vision 2030

Zero Carbon

Emissions in our operations
Emissions in our operations
Emissions in our supply chain
Emissions in our supply chain

Sustainable Development Goals

7 Affordable and clean energy 13 Climate action