ALDI is unstoppable, winning the Environmental Protection Agency’s Store Certification and Recertification Excellence Awards for the fourth consecutive year

ALDI is the industry leader in carbon-free grocery store stores with environmentally friendly natural refrigerants

BATAVIA, Ill., September 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As ALDI continues its rapid expansion through United Statessoon to become the third-largest grocery chain in the country, the retailer remains committed to meeting its ambitious sustainability goals, one of which is focused on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

ALDI is also on the rise. For the fourth consecutive year, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill program has recognized ALDI for having the most GreenChill-certified stores of any other food retail company. This year, ALDI once again earned the EPA Store Certification Recognition of Excellence, continuing its leadership in the food industry in environmentally responsible refrigeration. The EPA also awarded 21 ALDI stores Store Re-Certification Excellence honors for receiving GreenChill store certifications for five consecutive years. GreenChill certification is awarded to stores that replace standard commercial refrigerants with more environmentally friendly refrigerants that keep their greenhouse gas emissions as close to zero as possible.

In the first half of the year, 19 ALDI stores received their first GreenChill certification, and over 100 more stores plan to apply for their first certifications by the end of 2022. This could bring the total number of ALDI-certified stores across the country to nearly 610. Among these newly Certified stores were the 500e store to switch to environmentally friendly refrigerants, located in Mobile, Alabama, which has received Platinum certification, the highest level available. This step is important because the CO2 refrigeration systems require high pressure to operate, which is difficult to achieve in hot, humid climates.

“We share our customers’ passion for protecting the environment, which is why we strive to reduce our carbon footprint. Being repeatedly recognized as a leader in sustainability by the EPA makes our work stands out and is something really special,” said Dan Gavin, Vice President of National Real Estate at ALDI. “We strive every day to further reduce our overall climate impact, with each step bringing us closer and closer to ‘true zero’ or zero emissions. I can’t wait to see what the future is valid for ALDI and our planet.”

ALDI is committed to keeping things cool, naturally
The transition to natural refrigerants has reduced the global warming potential of ALDI’s emissions, thereby decreasing ALDI’s impact on the climate. In fact, a store with regular refrigerated spaces typically loses about a quarter of its gases each year, which means it can emit 875 pounds of harmful hydrofluorocarbons, or industrial chemicals, per year, which is equivalent to carbon dioxide. carbon produced by about 300 cars. GreenChill certification, stores must achieve a store-wide annual HFC refrigerant leakage rate of 15% or less, in addition to meeting other certification criteria. This represents a reduction of at least 33% in HFC emissions compared to the average supermarket.

“ALDI continues to lead the industry in GreenChill store certifications, with more stores currently certified than all other grocery retailers in the country combined,” said Kersey Manliclic, EPA GreenChill program manager. “This is an impressive achievement that contributes to a cleaner environment for everyone. The EPA encourages all food retail businesses to seek GreenChill Store certification.”

ALDI has BIG sustainability goals and holds itself accountable
Being sustainable is a priority for ALDI. But not only that: ALDI also wants to make sustainability affordable. Being green while saving green? It’s a win-win. Earlier this year, ALDI published its first-ever corporate responsibility progress report, outlining progress towards its environmental goals.

For example, ALDI aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2025. In addition to evolving its refrigerants, ALDI is taking other important steps to reduce its carbon footprint, such as:

  • Installation of rooftop solar panels that generate green electricity at 120 stores and 12 distribution centers (with plans to add 60 new stores and a new distribution center this year).
  • Use environmentally friendly building materials and energy-efficient appliances in new and renovated stores.
  • Make purchases of green electricity to offset 100% of any energy used that ALDI has not produced itself via its on-site solar and wind installations.

Reducing carbon emissions is just one of the ways in which ALDI is becoming an even more sustainable company. It is also working to reduce its use of plastic and increase the recyclability of its packaging. To date, 62% of exclusive ALDI packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable. ALDI also plans to eliminate all plastic shopping bags from stores by the end of 2023 and reduce operational food waste, while ensuring its products are responsibly sourced and remain affordable.

“This is just the beginning,” added Gavin. “We plan to stay at the forefront of sustainability and have promising ideas for how we can continue to reduce our environmental impact even further.”

About ALDI
ALDI is one of America’s fastest growing retailers, serving millions of customers across the country each month. With 2,200 stores in 38 states, ALDI is on track to become the third-largest grocery retailer by number of stores by the end of 2022. In terms of value, ALDI won’t be beaten on price. ALDI has also been No. 1 for price according to the Dunnhumby Retailer Preference Index Report for five consecutive years. Since 1976, ALDI has provided a unique shopping experience where customers never have to compromise on quality, selection or value. In fact, 1 in 3 ALDI-branded products are award-winning.** Customers can save time and money by easily shopping in-store or online at shop.aldi.us. ALDI is also proud to be a leadership partner of Feeding America, donating 30 million pounds of food each year for the purpose of ending hunger in America. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us.

*According to the Environmental Investigation Agency’s Leaking Havoc Supermarket Dashboard.
**Dated February 2022based on a survey of everyday domestically distributed exclusive ALDI branded products (excluding food products).

About the EPA GreenChill Partnership
The EPA’s GreenChill program is a voluntary partnership with food retailers, system manufacturers and chemical producers to reduce refrigerant emissions and lessen their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. GreenChill provides food retailers and other industry stakeholders with information and support to: switch to more environmentally friendly refrigerants, reduce the amount of refrigerant they use, eliminate refrigerant leaks, implement best environmental practices and adopt green refrigeration technologies. There are nearly 13,000 GreenChill partner stores across the country. For more information about the EPA’s GreenChill program, please visit www.epa.gov/greenchill.

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