The call for action on climate change has never been louder. If we don’t act today, we will pay a very high price tomorrow. Recent evidence makes an unequivocal case that ‘urgent and unprecedented’ change from governments, business and citizens must start now. We are listening.
At Lidl GB, we’re building a strategy to tackle climate change that is built for the future, using the most up to date climate science to ensure we set the right long-term targets. In order to do this we have accurately measured the carbon footprint of our operations and supply chain, see our data in our latest sustainability report.
The foundation of our work to reduce emissions from transporting our products, is based on reducing food miles and exploring more efficient technologies.
We’ve worked closely with our logistics partners to plan the most efficient routes and opened more distribution centres. As a result we’ve reduced our carbon emissions per pallet transported by almost 40% since 2015.
We’re also trialling alternative fuels, such as gas, which have lower emission levels to further reduce our impact.
Our stores and warehouses
From 2017 all our GB operations have achieved ISO:50001 accreditation, which means we have a robust system to manage our energy efficiency programmes. We’ve also made the decision to purchase 100% of the electricity we use from renewable sources to help support the decarbonisation of the UK power sector.
Across our stores and warehouses we’ve continued to focus our efficiency efforts on refrigeration and lighting. Over 90% of the lights in our store use efficient LED technology.
With half of our operational energy use coming from refrigeration, we’re investing in energy-saving technologies to keep our fresh food chilled or frozen. From glazed doors on fridges (achieving energy savings of up to 40%), to rapid action insulated doors with air curtains within our warehouses, our interventions are reducing energy demand whilst offering top quality, fresh food.