ALDI’s 100% renewables commitment verified by regulator

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ALDI Australia’s transition to 100% renewable electricity has been independently verified by the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Regulator following the release of its 2023 Corporate Emissions Reduction Transparency (CERT) Report.

The verification recognises ALDI’s continued efforts towards making a good difference for both people and the planet. ALDI is one of 25 large Australian companies participating in this year’s report.

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ALDI Australia sustainability director Daniel Baker says, “Sustainability is placed firmly at the core of ALDI’s values and operations, that is why we have an ongoing commitment to making a good difference for our planet. Given our focus and passion for our climate and energy commitments, ALDI is thrilled to have contributed to the CERT Report, making it easier for our customers to find verified data on our climate commitments and progress.

“We are proud the report has recognised these efforts as ALDI continues to lead the way as one of only a handful of companies featured in the report to have fully transitioned its operations to 100% renewable electricity sources.”

ALDI Australia’s renewable energy focus doesn’t end in its own backyard, with the ALDI SOUTH Group (which includes ALDI Australia), making significant progress towards reducing its global emissions. The ALDI SOUTH Group recorded an overall emission reduction of 56% across its operations from its baseline year in 2016, far exceeding its ambition to reduce overall emissions by a quarter by 2025.

In 2021, ALDI achieved its commitment to power its operations with 100% renewable electricity, six months ahead of schedule. ALDI was the first and currently is the only supermarket in Australia to power all offices, stores, and warehouses using only renewable electricity sources, with its competitors aiming to achieve the same result by 2025.

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At the centre of ALDI’s transition to 100% renewable electricity are the Power Purchase Agreements it holds with three Australian wind farms. The benefits of these agreements have been two-fold for ALDI, supporting its sustainability targets and helping to bring down operational costs over the long-term.

ALDI Australia is also continuing to expand its network of solar panels across 25 additional freestanding stores over the next 18 months. The expansion will have the ability to provide an additional 34MWp of power.

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