Aldi Ireland has been awarded the top award at the 2021 Business Energy Achievement Awards, receiving the Overall Energy Achievement Award. This award was in recognition of the retailers approach to using sustainable energy, energy reduction and reducing carbon emissions. In addition, Aldi also received the Best Energy Achievement in Retail Award.
The award ceremony was hosted Business River. The Business Energy Achievement Awards recognise excellence and achievements from organisations which demonstrate effective sustainable energy initiatives. Aldi was praised for its commitment to using 100% green electricity, reducing plastic packaging and waste throughout its supply chain and its support of diverse carbon-offsetting projects, among other achievements.
Sustainability is a huge part of Aldi Ireland’s business ethos, and the retailer continuously aims to increase the use of sustainable energy. Aldi has 149 Irish stores which are now powered by 100% green energy. Through Aldi’s ‘Project Fresh Initiative’, Aldi is updating the design and energy efficiency of its stores, reducing CO2 emissions and reliance on fossil fuels, and increasing the use of sustainable energy. In recognition of its efforts to improve energy efficiencies, Aldi achieved ISO 50001 accreditation.
In Aldi’s long-term commitment towards the environment, by 2025 it has pledged to support the planting of 1 million native Irish woodland trees. This will contribute to approximately 160,000 tonne reduction in carbon emissions over the next 100 years. Aldi achieved Carbon Neutral status in January 2019 by continually working to reduce its carbon footprint through a range of initiatives including buying 100% renewable electricity and using greener refrigerant gases.
A part of its ongoing carbon reduction programme, Aldi had removed more than 2,150 tonnes of virgin plastic from its Irish stores and has replaced over 930 tonnes of unrecyclable material with recyclable alternatives. In addition, Aldi was voted Ireland’s most sustainable supermarket according to the Ireland RepTrak® Sustainability Index 2021.
John Curtin, Aldi Group Buying Director, said: “It’s a great honour to be awarded the titles of Overall Energy Achievement Award and Best Energy Achievement in Retail. Winning these awards recognises the great work our staff, suppliers and packaging partners have undertaken to reduce our energy use and carbon emissions. We understand that our customers are constantly looking for more sustainable ways to shop with us, and we are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our business.”