Aldi U.S. a leader in use of renewable energy, eco-conscious refrigerants

Marianne Wilson
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Aldi U.S. has been honored for its environmental commitment.

The discount grocer received the 2020 Green Power Leadership Award and a 2019 GreenChill Store Certification, as well as a Re-Certification Excellence Award for select stores, from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The annual Green Power Leadership Awards are part of the EPA's Green Power Partner recognition program that honors America's leading green power users for their commitment and contribution to helping advance the development of the nation's voluntary green power market. Aldi was one of only four organizations nationwide to receive an Excellence in Green Power Use Award for demonstrating exemplary action and dedication to significantly advancing the U.S. renewable energy market.

Aldi is currently purchasing more than 980 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet more than 100% of the organization's electricity use. Additionally, the grocer ranks No. 16 on EPA's National Top 100 list of participating companies, No. 3 on the Top 30 Retail list and No. 15 on the Top 30 On-site renewables list. Each list highlights EPA Green Power Partners using the most renewable electricity annually as of July 2020.

As part of a $5 billion capital investment in new and remodeled stores across the U.S., ALDI is increasing its renewable energy building elements, including preference for energy-saving LED lighting, energy-efficient refrigerated systems and rooftop solar systems on twelve warehouses and 108 stores – with more in the works.

"For the second year in a row, Aldi has demonstrated their exceptional leadership in food retail refrigerant management," said Kirsten Cappel, GreenChill program manager. "In this annual recognition cycle, Aldi certified 331 stores all at the Platinum level - the highest possible certification. This achievement exemplifies the Aldi commitment to sustainable refrigeration management and the use of advanced refrigeration technologies that are better for the environment."