ALDI CHINA’s First Store Receives LEED ID+C Retail Gold Certification

2023/4/19 21:10:36

ALDI SuHeWan Mixc World store was recently awarded the LEED for Interior Design and Construction (LEED ID+C): Retail Gold Certification at an awards ceremony held on April 12 at the ALDI SuHeWan Mixc World store. It is the first ALDI store to receive this award in the Chinese market, highlighting ALDI's initiative and vision to create a quality and comfortable shopping experience for consumers while actively promoting sustainability and creating a better future together.

Andy To, Managing Director of USGBC & GBCI North Asia (first from left) awarded the LEED Gold Certification to ALDI SuHeWan Mixc World Store

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and is the most recognized, widely-used and influential green building rating system in the world. LEED comprehensively assesses buildings in terms of site selection and transportation, sustainable sites, water usage efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality and innovation. LEED ID+C is a rating system applied to projects that are a complete interior fit-out. Buildings certified under this system provide consumers with high-quality indoor air for a long time and enjoy a quality experience with safe building materials and efficient equipment.

ALDI SuHeWan Mixc World Store received LEED Gold Certification

Lance Lin, Managing Director of ALDI CHINA, is proud that ALDI SuHeWan Mixc World store has been awarded the LEED Gold Certification. He noted, "This is ALDI’first store in China to receive the LEED Certification, and we are very grateful for LEED's support and recognition of ALDI CHINA's green sustainability efforts. This honour highlights ALDI's values of green, low carbon and sustainable development, and also inspires us to continue to fulfill our corporate social responsibility and work together with more partners to create a sustainable future."

Lance Lin, Managing Director of ALDI CHINA, spoke at the awards ceremony

Andy To, Managing Director of USGBC & GBCI North Asia, said,"We congratulate ALDI SuHeWan Mixc World store for its achievements in the field of environmental protection. As a direct-to-consumer retail superstore, ALDI has become a leader in the industry with its advanced awareness of corporate social responsibility and forward-looking vision. We look forward to seeing more superstores like ALDI join the green and sustainable development initiative in the future and help China achieve it's 2060 carbon neutral blueprint as soon as possible!"

Andy To, Managing Director of USGBC & GBCI North Asia, spoke at the awards ceremony

The LEED ID+C Gold-certified ALDI SuHeWan Mixc World store, located along Suzhou Creek, opened in October 2022. In line with its concept of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, ALDI SuHeWan Mixc World store adheres to energy-saving and environmentally friendly design and construction principles in many aspects, including energy, water and materials.

ALDI SuHeWan Mixc World Store

All items to be purchased as building materials first undergo a strict review to ensure that the recycled and local materials used in the project meet the performance requirements of building materials whilst reducing the energy consumption required for their transportation. To effectively reduce the energy consumption of the store when in operation, ALDI SuHeWan Mixc World store utilizes energy-saving lighting and high-efficiency HVAC equipment. The electricity consumption of lighting, sockets and air conditioning units are categorized and measured to facilitate timely adjustment of the operation plan according to the actual electricity consumption of each category. At the same time, the cold chain system utilizes a water-based system, with a corresponding refrigerant charge that is only 20% of the split system. In addition, ALDI requires refrigerants with a GWP (global warming potential) of less than 2,200 to reduce the environmental impact of store operations. In terms of water conservation, SuHeWan Mixc World uses water-saving sanitary ware, allowing indoor water consumption to be reduced by more than 45% compared to the LEED baseline. The in-store air ventilation system enables the maintenance of ideal interior temperature and humidity, whilst guaranteeing the flow of fresh air in the store, to ensure the comfort of all personnel. The five types of waste generated during the construction - paper, paperboard, glass, plastic and metal - are efficiently recycled, with a recycling conversion rate of over 80%, thereby realizing maximum recyclability of building materials.

ALDI has promoting and practicing agreen and low carbon concept as part its long-term development in China. Since 2020, ALDI has succeeded in achieving full renewable energy coverage for all electricity needs at its stores, warehouses and offices by obtaining International Renewable Energy Certificates (I-REC) from domestic green energy generators. This initiative has also enabled ALDI CHINA to reduce its overall CO2 emissions by more than 20,000 tons over three years from 2020 to 2022 .To meet its carbon reduction goals, and yet another initiative to implement the use of green electric energy, ALDI is piloting the use of all-electric trucks for goods delivery from distribution centers to selected stores. In addition, ALDI is minimizing overall corporate carbon emissions through solutions such as the use of LED lights, training employees on energy conservation, and using refrigerants with low GWP (global warming potential) in refrigeration equipment.

With the ever increasing global attention to energy conservation and emission reduction, ALDI, as a responsible global retail company, will continue to promote sustainable development by investing in resource efficiency, zero carbon and environmental protection, and contribute to creating a better environment.