Aldi will open a new eco concept store in Royal Leamington Spa on 29th September.
The Leamington Spa store has been designed to significantly reduce carbon consumption, with sustainable building materials and design changes estimated to reduce life-cycle carbon emissions by up to two-thirds.
The Leamington Spa store also aims to help make it easier for shoppers to reduce, reuse and recycle, with numerous plastic-reduction initiatives being trialled.
Aldi will use the store to test and learn which elements work best, both for customers and in reducing carbon consumption. If successful, these elements may then be rolled out to other stores across the country.
The new store includes the following features:
- A ‘hard to recycle’ unit – located at the store entrance to allow customers to recycle items which are not collected by local authorities. Aldi will be the first UK retailer to trial a recycling point for coffee pods and medicine packets, also accepting batteries, soft plastics and cosmetic packaging.
- Nuts and coffee refill fixture – a trial selling packaging-free products to help customers shop more sustainably and at even lower prices. Customers can use their own containers or free FSC-certified paper bags. This follows Aldi’s refill trial at its store in Ulverston, Cumbria last year.
- Sustainable building materials – from timber fibre insulation, cement replacement concrete, recycled lighting columns and low temperature tarmac, to a partial green roof, several changes to traditional store design have been made to reduce life-cycle carbon emissions and to improve the ecological credentials of the site.
- Energy saving initiatives – the store has solar panels and uses chiller doors to reduce energy consumption, while redesigning the building structure has also helped reduce overall energy demand by 57% compared with a normal store. The car park has dedicated Electric Vehicle Charging Ports, with capacity to expand these in the future as demand for the spaces increases.
Giles Hurley, chief executive officer for Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “Now more than ever, we must do our bit for the environment and this store offers us the ability to easily explore new in-store initiatives and low carbon store designs. We are committed to reducing our environmental impact in any way we can and are continuing to explore new initiatives all the time.
“What’s even better is that many of the changes made to this store, whether it be the energy-saving initiatives or our latest packaging-free trial, could allow us to put even more money back into the pockets of our customers. We’re focusing on continuing to deliver our longstanding price promise by offering the lowest possible prices in Britain, every single day.”