South Pole, a leading developer of climate action projects, has awarded the Aldo Group the certification as climate neutral according to South Pole’s climate neutral company label criteria. The Aldo Group offset 100 per cent of the carbon emissions produced in 2017 by its corporate stores, offices and distribution centres, and will continue on this path.
“The Aldo Group is driven by one purpose: we are on a journey to create a world of love, confidence and belonging. This is what motivates us to make positive change in the world that goes beyond our brands, products and the services we sell,” said David Bensadoun, CEO of the Aldo Group. “We recognise the impact our industry has on global climate change and are motivated to attack this problem head-on. We still have work to do, but we strongly believe that a low-carbon future is possible and are committed to doing our part by going climate neutral today. Our goal is to make it easy for our customers to stay fashionable and to choose good.”
“We applaud the Aldo Group for its steadfast commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its business and working to create a sustainable society,” said Renat Heuberger, CEO and co-founder of South Pole. “We are proud to have worked with the Aldo Group in its journey to climate neutrality, and we hope that their actions will inspire other retailers to join the movement by also setting ambitious targets and committing to bold climate action.”
In 2013, the Aldo Group calculated its carbon footprint and set itself a baseline for improvement. Since then, the company has improved the energy efficiency of its offices and corporate stores, resulting in a 33 per cent reduction of its greenhouse gases in only five years. This was done by converting store lighting to 100 per cent LED technology, implementing Energy Management Systems (EMS) that control lighting and ventilation and sourcing renewable energy.
The Aldo Group also went a step further and implemented organisation-wide initiatives to reduce business travel and product transport emissions.
To offset the remainder of its non-avoidable emissions, the Aldo Group purchases Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from wind farms located in regions where its corporate stores are located and invests in high-quality carbon credits that support low-impact, small hydroelectric projects in its top sourcing countries. These projects, in turn, create jobs locally and support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Global sustainability solutions provider South Pole certified the Aldo Group’s climate neutrality and confirmed that the company is successfully offsetting its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions as well as a portion of its Scope 3 indirect emissions related to the company’s business travel.
The Aldo Group is moving on to the next phase of its low-carbon journey and working to set ambitious new objectives to reduce its carbon footprint even further.