We consider the environmental impacts of our activities throughout our whole supply chain – from the refrigerators, transport methods and energy we use, to how we dispose of waste.
See what our brands have been doing recently to reduce climate impacts:
In 2011, the Ahold USA divisions set a very ambitious goal to eliminate a total of 1 billion paper and plastic bags from landfills. They achieved the 1 billion bag reduction goal this summer, eliminating enough bags to circle the earth seven times. Now that’s a lot of bags!
Associates have worked very hard to accomplish this goal through:
- Better bagging techniques and increased number of items per bag
- Placing items with handles directly in shopping carts (e.g., milk, pet food, detergent)
- Promoting the use of reusable bags with customers
To celebrate the achievement, the division stores gave out 100 free reusable bags to their first 100 customers on September 17.
In November 2016, Albert Heijn reopened an XL (extra-large format) store in the Dutch city of Purmerend after an extensive two-week renovation that has introduced many energy saving measures.
The store is 100% CO2 neutral and powered by a combined heat and power system – sort of a small, local energy plant – that generates enough energy to provide its own electricity and heat and even power the adjacent stores from our Etos and Gall & Gall brands. To reduce energy usage even more, a buffer system for heating and cooling has been installed and the store has 700 solar panels mounted on the roof and façade. The store is fully equipped with LED lights working on motion sensors, and recycled materials are used to a large extent. It also offers charging stations for customers with electric cars.
Three years ago during the construction of a supermarket in Turner, Maine, Hannaford became the first food retailer in the U.S. to install a new type of environmentally friendly refrigeration system. Now the brand is about to become one of the first supermarkets nationwide to install such a system in an existing store in Raymond, New Hampshire. Known as a "transcritical CO2 booster system," this type of refrigeration is significantly less impactful to the environment than conventional refrigeration options. The system is expected to be built installed in December and January.