The EPA has awarded Aldi with the 2017 "Best of the Best" GreenChill award for its use of cutting-edge, environmentally sustainable refrigeration systems in 34 of its stores.
As part of its capital investment of $5 billion in new and remodeled stores over the next five years, Aldi says it is increasing its environmentally-friendly features in stores. New and remodeled stores feature environmentally-friendly building materials and energy-saving LED lighting.
"Aldi is taking steps to reduce its environmental impact not only because our customers expect it, but because it is the right thing to do as a business. Partnerships like the one we share with GreenChill are critically important, as they enable us to work toward our goal of sustainable business operations," said Aaron Sumida, Vice President, Aldi. "In switching to more environmentally friendly coolants, we strive to minimize the environmental impact of our refrigeration systems. This recognition from the GreenChill Partnership is a testament to our commitment."
While the recognition typically goes to just one store, this year's award from GreenChill acknowledges a record 34 platinum-certified Aldi stores. Platinum certification is the highest level awarded by GreenChill, and it requires each store to meet very stringent criteria.
"Aldi deserves recognition for embracing GreenChill's environmental protection goals through its platinum-level certification of so many stores," said Tom Land, manager of EPA's GreenChill program. "Aldi is showing industry leadership through active participation in the GreenChill partnership and through certification of innovative refrigeration systems."
Aldi's partnership with GreenChill is just one way that the retailer says it is working to reduce its impact on the environment.
Last year, Aldi increased the number of stores with rooftop solar panels by more than 45 percent and will continue to grow its solar portfolio and use of green electricity. Additionally, Aldi has recycled nearly 100 percent of the cardboard, paper, plastic film and foil that it uses in its warehouses since 2012. Moreover, its new warehouses are constructed with sun shades and special glass to insulate and reduce heat from the sun.
GreenChill works with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change. The "Best of the Best" achievement recognizes GreenChill-certified stores demonstrating innovation in advanced refrigeration technology.
ALDI operates nearly 1,700 U.S. stores in 35 states.