ALDI recognised by Queensland Government for environmental sustainability

Posted by Editorial on 7th November 2008

Five innovative south-east Queensland-based companies have won 2008 Environmental Protection Agency Sustainable Industries Awards, for outstanding performance in environmental best practice.

Queensland’s Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation Minister Andrew McNamara congratulated ALDI, Consolidated Rutile, Leightons, News Limited and RedFlow at the Awards ceremony held on the Gold Coast last week.

“The awards highlight the importance of the Bligh Government’s Toward Q2 vision of promoting a strong, smart and green Queensland,” Mr McNamara claimed. “They showcase business leaders, companies and technologies that have set new benchmarks in environmental performance.”

Mr McNamara said the Queensland Government is committed to helping Queensland business and industry develop technologies that reduce environmental impacts.

“Innovators like our award-winners show Queensland that we don’t have to look overseas for smarter production techniques,” he commented. “The awards recognise Queensland-based companies that are incorporating environmental sustainability into their everyday business operations. These companies demonstrate that sustainable practices can deliver enhanced profits and market advantages.”

“The impressive quality of all the entrants highlighted the effort being made by many businesses to profit from innovation while doing the right thing by the environment,” he said.

Mr McNamara reported that the winners were selected from more than 100 nominations..

Corporate Sustainability Award – ALDI Australia – Loganholme

Environmental innovation is evident in almost every aspect of ALDI’s business, from store design through to transportation and supplier arrangements, according to the Queensland Government.

Among the initiatives praised by the government were:

  • The retailer offers only polypropylene bags for purchase – preventing the disposal of around 150 million plastic bags – and uses coin-operated trolleys to minimise theft and dumping.
  • Fresh produce, soft drinks and vegetable oils are transported and displayed in recyclable crates.
  • To reduce energy use, stores and warehouses minimise air loss through double-brick or insulated panels, entry/exit airlocks, suspended ceilings, freezer lids and chiller curtains.
  • Stores run on one-third of the normal lighting levels outside store hours.
  • For increased transport eco-efficiencies, the 20 trucks in ALDI’s Queensland fleet have a unique movable bulkhead system, allowing each truck to deliver a combination of goods. The trucks also often backhaul products from suppliers on the return leg of a store delivery.

Another winner at the awards was Groves Grown Tropical Fruit in Yeppoon, who claimed the Rural Sustainability prize.

The Groves family orchard is managing and expanding production of their mangoes, lychees and caranbola (star fruit) in an environmentally friendly way. Ian and Sandi Groves have implemented a 100 per cent ground cover policy, wind-break trees, run-off catchment ponds, under-tree drip irrigation to minimise water usage, and total enclosure netting techniques – a non-lethal method to protect crops from flying foxes and other wildlife. To prevent air pollution, chemical fertilisers are applied through the drip irrigation system where possible.