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Albert Heijn Halves CO2 Emissions, Switches To 100% Wind Energy

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Dutch retailer Albert Heijn has announced that it has cut CO2 emissions by 50% since 2008.

Since 1 January 2021, the company has switched entirely to electricity generated from Dutch wind farms.

The retailer aims to achieve its climate goals through these initiatives.

Over the coming years, it aims to work with suppliers, farmers and fruit and vegetable growers to reduce CO2 emissions in the production chain.

CEO of Albert Heijn, Marit van Egmond, said, "I think it is important that the food we enjoy so much is produced with attention for people, animals and the environment.

"At Albert Heijn, we take responsibility for the sustainable use of our planet's resources. I am therefore proud that since this month, we have completely switched to traditional Dutch wind energy."

Other Initiatives

The retailer operates more than 200 LNG trucks, of which 100 have been running on a blend of LNG with 20% BioLNG since this year.

The fleet also includes six fully electric and three hybrid trucks.

For groceries ordered online, the retailer uses electric vehicles that previously ran on diesel.

Last year, Albert Heijn's opened a state-of-the-art coffee roasting plant that consumes 14% less energy, emits 13% less CO2 and 99% less particulate matter.

The plant uses 100% green electricity, which includes 1,500 solar panels on the roof.

Recently, it expanded the 'Beter voor Koe, Natuur en Boer' (Better for Cow, Nature and Farmer) programme, which involves around 300 dairy farmers supplying sustainable milk for the supermarket chain.

© 2021 European Supermarket Magazine – your source for the latest retail news. Article by Dayeeta Das. Click subscribe to sign up to ESM: European Supermarket Magazine.

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