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Climate Change

Our commitment

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It’s crucial we understand and take action to limit our environmental impact across all our activities - from operating our stores, to producing the products we sell, to how these are used by our customers. Working with global climate consultancy the Carbon Trust, Lidl GB has developed science-aligned climate targets. We have committed to a near and long-term SBT (Science-based target) in all scopes:

  • Near term: Lidl GB commits to reduce scope 1&2* and scope 3 (non-FLAG) absolute emissions by 42% by 2030, from a FY20 baseline.
  • Long term: Lidl GB commits to reduce scope 1&2* and scope 3 (non-FLAG) absolute emissions by 90% by 2050, from a FY20 baseline.
  • Scope 3 (FLAG): Lidl GB absolute emissions by 30.3% by FY30 and 72% by 2050, from a FY20 baseline.

While our targets are aligned the most recent SBTi guidance, they have not been submitted for validation.

In February 2023, we also became the first discount supermarket to join the WWF Basket and sign the WWF’s Retailers’ Commitment for Nature, pledging to halve the environmental impact of UK shopping baskets by 2030. Read more about the Commitment here.

 

Our footprint

Over 98% of our impact occurs across our value chain - known as Scope 3 emissions - primarily through the food and non-food products we sell. Emissions from our direct operations - known as Scope 1 and 2 - represent less than 2% of our total carbon impact. Learn more below.

Our approach to tackling emissions in our direct business

Even though the majority of emissions occur outside of our direct business, it is crucially important that we focus on reducing these as far as we can. This includes minimising our impacts by conserving resources. Between February 2021 and 2022, improved energy efficiency, more renewable energy generation and a higher mix of renewable sources in the UK’s electricity mix combined to helped us reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emission intensity by 15%. Read below to find out more about the actions we're taking on Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

Scope 1 & 2

Scope 3

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Our responsible eggs

  • In partnership with our Scottish egg supplier Duncan’s, in September 2023 we launched our RSPCA-Assured free range responsible eggs. We have reduced the environmental impact of this product by:
    • Removing soy from animal feed and replacing this with locally grown rapeseed, beans, peas, and maize.
    • Using 100% renewable energy across the farm and at the packing site.
    • Carbon footprinting the entire farm.
    • Offsetting any remaining carbon using credits invested into gold standard local projects, such as afforestation across the UK.             
    • Working with ClimatePartner to certify our entire carbon footprinting and reduction process.
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Our responsible cheese

  • In May 2021, we launched our Deluxe Cheddar cheese in partnership with our supplier, Somerset cheesemaker Wyke Farms.
  • We’re working closely with Wyke Farms to reduce on-farm emissions through enhanced management of soil, land, energy, manure, and even herds. As part of this project, farmers are also using more low-food mile products, less fertiliser and more deforestation-free animal feed.
  • Our Deluxe Cheddar cheese saw a carbon footprint reduction of 23% in 2022 and we’re implementing a strategy for continual reduction year-on-year.
  • Thanks to a combination of sustainable farming practices and purchase of Gold Standard carbon offsets, this cheese has achieved certification to the globally recognised PAS 2060 standard by the Carbon Trust.
Our partners

 Across the sector we acknowledge more needs to be done and the drastic progress needed can only be achieved working together. We’re committed to reaching our objectives, working alongside a range of key industry stakeholders.  We’re active members in several industry groups, including WWF, WRAP’s Climate Action Working Group, the Retail Energy Forum and the British Retail Consortium’s Climate Action Roadmap encouraging industry coordination and collaboration.

WWF Basket

First discounter to join the WWF Retailers' Commitment for Nature

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We're part of WRAP's Climate Action Working Group

Retail Energy Forum

We're a member of the Retail Energy Forum

British Retail Consortium

We're part of the BRC's Climate Action Roadmap