Aldi Ireland has announced that it will double its electric vehicle charging points over the next 12 months as part of its ‘drive’ towards a more sustainable future.
41 additional EV charging points are scheduled for installation over the next 12 months in Wexford, Galway, Louth, Dublin, Meath, Kerry, Cork and Mayo.
According to the discounter, a total of 79 EV charging points will be available across 19 Aldi stores.
Shoppers can already charge their electric vehicles at Aldi stores across Dublin, Cork, Meath, Wicklow, Kildare, Cavan, Mayo and Kerry.
100% Green Electricity
The charging points are currently free to use and are powered by 100% green electricity, as are all Aldi stores nationwide.
Aldi ’s noted that its initiative aims to support the Government’s National EV Charging Infrastructure Strategy, which prioritises the delivery of rapid charge points over the next five years to facilitate the Government’s target of having almost a million EVs on Irish roads by 2030.
Commenting, Niall O’Connor, group managing director, Aldi, said, “We want to help Aldi shoppers live more sustainable lives and are constantly looking at new, innovative ways to make it easier for them shop with Aldi .
"By increasing our EV charging offering across our store network, our aim is to support customers in making environmentally friendly choices so that together we can work towards a greener future.”
Aldi highlighted that sustainable practices are ingrained throughout it’s operations.
The retailer partners with the national charity FoodCloud, providing surplus food to those who need it most.
To date, Aldi has donated 2.35 million meals to FoodCloud, equating to a saving of almost €3 million for the charity while also benefiting the environment, saving an equivalent of 3.2 million tonnes of CO2.
In 2021, Aldi was the first retailer in Ireland to commit to planting one million native Irish woodland trees by 2025 in partnership with Green Belt.
Aldi has invested heavily in improving its energy management systems and its entire store network is now powered by 100% wind generated energy.
Aldi also achieved ISO 50001 accreditation in recognition of its efforts to improve energy efficiencies.