Stores and Warehouses
We have a big responsibility, but also a big opportunity, to reduce the environmental impact of our more than 1,500 stores. We’re always looking for ways to improve, from equipping stores and warehouses with solar panels, using LED lighting both inside and out, and installing efficient HVAC systems, to phasing out high global warming potential refrigerants in our refrigeration compressors. In fact, all of our new stores have been equipped with all LED lighting since 2015. We carefully design our stores, warehouse and administration buildings and use materials to meet leading global green building standards.
All of our warehouses’ main refrigeration systems, including our warehouse in California, use ammonia, a natural refrigerant with a Global Warming Potential (GWP) of zero. Since 2015 we have been an industry leading partner of GreenChill - a voluntary partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency. As a partner we set ambitious emission-reduction goals, report emissions annually, work to improve our existing and future store refrigeration and HVAC equipment, while working closely with our equipment suppliers. Thirty-three ALDI stores in New York and California have received GreenChill Platinum Certifications, the highest certification level, and the number of certified stores will continue to grow.
In 2016, our solar production prevented the release of CO2 emissions equal to those created by an average car driving across the US 5,740 times, or 7.1 million pounds of coal being burned. Our use of clean, solar energy grew to include rooftop solar systems on four distribution centers and 41 stores. We’ve also expanded solar projects across ten states.
At our California regional headquarters and warehouse, 8,208 solar panels were installed. The system powers approximately 70 percent of the warehouse’s utilities. All of our stores within California with viable roofs will have solar panels.