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Zero Carbon

Our Vision 2030: 

Doing our part to limit global warming.

Our Approach

Our business activities have a significant impact on climate and the environment. This is a result not only of the products we sell, but also our business operations. Our goal is to minimise the ecological footprint of our corporate activities by lowering our greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring that the products we offer do not have a detrimental impact on the environment.

As part of our wider commitment to minimise the impact of our products, we will also work with our business partners to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and promote climate protection projects in our supply chains.

Our Actions

International Climate Strategy

In July 2020, the ALDI SOUTH Group became one of the first international food retailers with a company-wide approved “Science Based Target” (SBT) for climate protection. We aim to reduce the emissions of our own operations by 26% by 2025. At the same time, the ALDI SOUTH Group is proud to partner with suppliers who share its values. That is why we are also committed to encouraging our strategic suppliers, which are responsible for 75% of product related emissions, to work towards setting science-based emissions targets by 2024. With these measures, the Group is working towards its vision of ‘zero carbon‘.

Anke Ehlers

At the ALDI SOUTH Group, we strive to continuously reduce the carbon footprint of our own operations and supply chains - in line with our values to ensure we make sustainability affordable to our customers.

Anke Ehlers, Managing Director for International Sustainability at the ALDI SOUTH Group

In 2022, the ALDI SOUTH Group overachieved its absolute target, by reducing the emissions of its own operations by 63% (base year: 2016). When including external logistics providers, who share a significant portion of the transport between our regional distribution centres (RDCs) and stores, the reduction is still -46%.

Climate protection has been a major focus of ASG for many years. By the end of 2022, the majority of its countries show a decrease in absolute operational emissions despite business growth (compared to 2016). 2022 also marks the first year that ASG has generated less than 800 ktCO2e worldwide in its operational emissions (including its outsourced outbound transportation), since the Corporate Carbon Footprint (CCF) reporting started in 2012.

  • Large parts of our cooling systems are now using natural refrigerants and 100% of electricity is coming from renewable energy sources.
  • More than 2,300 stores worldwide have already been fitted with photovoltaic systems on the roofs.
  • Switching to alternative fuel types, such as HVO and electricity has been piloted to lower transport-related emissions.

The ambitious climate targets reinforce our endeavours to make a positive and valuable contribution to global climate protection.

Reducing our impact on the climate

Calculating our Carbon Footprint

We monitor progress towards our International Climate Strategy by calculating our Company Carbon Footprint for all of our business processes and locations in accordance with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

Renewable energy

To protect the climate, we use renewable energy in all countries where we operate. We have increased the share of renewable energy usage in electricity consumption significantly over the past years, from 34% in 2016 to 95% in 2021 and ultimately reaching 100% in 2022. Additionally, we are generating electricity with photovoltaic systems on the roofs of over 2,300 stores and 48 distribution centres worldwide.

Efficient logistics

ALDI truck on the road

Efficient logistics ensure that our customers have access to our full product range and fresh items every day. Our owned and outsourced transport logistics are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

We focus on conserving fuel in our logistics operations by optimising trailer capacity utilisation, implementing highly economical route planning, and operating a modern fleet of vehicles to enable the operation with alternative fuels. Our drivers are also provided with training to promote efficient driving behaviour.

Modern refrigeration technology

Modern refrigeration technology

The refrigeration technology used in our stores, regional distribution centres, and logistics vehicles critically influences the ability to achieve our climate protection goals. Refrigeration systems are responsible for a large share of our energy consumption. Using modern, environmentally sound, and climate-friendly refrigerants is essential to reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2022, 93% of refrigerants used in the stores of ASG had a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of less than 2,200. By 2025, the aim is to replace all refrigerants with a GWP of more than 2,200 with an alternative refrigerant with a lower GWP. To further reduce the refrigeration emissions, countries plan to switch to natural refrigeration with a max. GWP of 4 from 2024 onwards.

Supplier Engagement

Since 2021, we have been conducting annual supplier surveys on their climate commitment to monitor our suppliers’ progress to set climate targets, and identify which suppliers need support in joining our climate protection journey. The results of 2022 show that strategic suppliers, who are responsible for 26% of our product-related emissions, either have a target in line with the criteria of the Science Based Targets initiative or are committed to set themselves science-based targets within the next two years.

Our Objectives & Performance

Focus area: Zero Carbon

By measuring our Corporate Responsibility objectives and performance on a regular basis, we are continuously validating the effectiveness of our actions, highlighting the areas where we are already making progress and identifying areas where further action is still required. As a global retailer, we want to use our global buying power and market influence to create lasting change for a better future. We focus our activities on high-priority raw materials and commodity groups.

Our Memberships

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Since 2020
Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) is a collaboration between Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting and independently assesses companies’ targets.

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Since 2022
Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC)

At the beginning of 2022, the ALDI SOUTH Group joined the “Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC)”. The membership will help ALDI navigate key business barriers by taking part in Council projects that will support the move towards a zero emissions global freight and logistics sector.

In the ALDI SOUTH Group, we understand that our business activities have a significant impact on climate and the environment. Our goal is to minimise the ecological footprint of our corporate activities. Efficient logistics are key to ensuring that customers have access to our full range and fresh items every day. After our store operations, transport logistics is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and that’s why the ALDI SOUTH Group has become the first grocery retailer to join the Smart Freight CentresGlobal Logistics Emissions Council”.

The Smart Freight Centre (SFC) is an international non-profit organisation focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from freight transportation. Their goal is to work collaboratively with businesses and other interested organisations to measure the impacts of freight, identify solutions, and support an organisations logistics decarbonisation strategy.

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Sustainable Development Goals

7 Affordable and clean energy 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructure 11 Sustainable cities and communities 12 Responsible consumption and production 13 Climate action 17 Partnerships for the goals



Principle 7

Precautionary approach to environmental challenges

Principle 8

Promote environmental responsibility

Principle 9

Development and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies

GRI references

GRI 103: Management approach 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 103-1 Global Reporting Initiative 103-2 Global Reporting Initiative 103-3

GRI 302: Energy 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 302-4

GRi 305: Emissions 2016

Global Reporting Initiative 305-5