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Protecting the Environment

We endeavour to decrease our climate impact by continuously improving our resource efficiency.

Carbon Footprinting Carbon Footprinting

In 2017, we conducted our first carbon footprint analysis to understand where we were having the most impact in our operations. In conjunction with the Carbon Trust, we detailed our scope 1 and 2 emissions. In 2018, we progressed by completing a scope 3 analysis, which includes all the indirect emissions that occur in our value chain.

As a food retailer the majority of our impact is in the value chain. This provided us with a full insight into ‘hotspots’ or key areas and product categories earmarked for improvement. By accurately assessing and analysing where we were most impactful, we could more effectively target areas aimed at reducing our carbon footprint.

Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency

At Lidl , we aim to decrease our climate impact by continuously improving our resource efficiency, particularly in the area of energy usage, over the last year we have developed our energy management strategies, innovated in our stores and planned for the future.

Some of our initiatives and achievements are detailed below:

  • Our Energy Management System is certified to ISO 50001 standard across all of our operations; stores, distribution centres and head office. The certification ensures we continually improve the energy performance of our buildings, optimise their use and reduce their operating costs.
  • Since March 2018, we converted to using only renewable electricity, reducing our carbon footprint significantly.
  • In 2018, we retrofitted lighting in 104 stores and two distribution centres to LED lighting which cut our energy consumption by 63.4% in this area.
  • We are adding solar panels to all suitable new stores and major refurbishment projects and will have 11 stores with Solar by the end of 2019.
  • E-car fast-charging docks are being added to stores, 22 stores already have free customer chargers.

Renewable Energy Programme Renewable Energy Programme

In 2018, we won the award for “Energy Project of the Year” at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Energy Awards, for our Renewable Energy Programme. The SEAI is Ireland’s national sustainable energy authority and the awards recognise excellence in all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Solar Energy

We use solar energy in a number of our properties and in 2018 committed to adding solar PV systems to all suitable new stores and refurbishments. By the end of 2019 we will have 11 stores with solar panels equipped. Our solar panels on our Newbridge distribution facility will be the largest in the county and reduce the premises carbon output by 473 tonnes annually, the electricity usage equivalent to that of 240 homes.

Sourcing Green Electricity

Since March 2018, Lidl Ireland and Northern Ireland converted to using only renewable electricity, reducing our carbon footprint significantly. We have committed to only sourcing renewable electricity in the future.

Transport Transport

At Lidl, we pride ourselves on offering freshness and availability to our customers at all times. We run a just-in-time operating model that keeps store warehouses small and reduces the stock carried by the entire organisation. Our delivery structure enables us to guarantee the best possible freshness, even of perishable items, as well as allowing us to organise transportation in the most efficient, and as such, environmentally friendly way.

While EV Stations is an investment by Lidl, we know that with more and more customers shopping with us every week, the expansion of the network of public charge points will make electric vehicles more attractive to customers. We want to ensure we are encouraging and supporting the wider public to address the major challenges of improving air quality and curbing the use of fossil fuels.

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ZERO waste to landfill

Recycling & Waste Management Recycling & Waste Management

At Lidl, we are committed to developing innovative ways to effectively manage our waste streams to ensure that we reduce our packaging requirements, recycle more and redistribute surplus food to charity. We work closely with packaging and waste experts to ensure we are as efficient as possible.

We are proud to boast an award-winning recycling and waste management programme. Our in-store and warehouse waste management concept is integral to our Zero Waste Commitment. Thanks to the hard work and commitment of our logistics and procurement teams and all our store and warehouse employees, we achieved Zero Waste to Landfill and we are working hard to maintain this. Much of our waste is cardboard, which is reused for paper and packaging. Segregation is key to the programme’s success by increasing our recycling streams and reducing our environmental impact.

Recycling Stations: We offer recycling bins behind our tills in stores for customers to dispose of unwanted excess packaging. We then recycle the material on their behalf.

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ZERO waste to landfill

Our Approach to Plastic Our Approach to Plastic

Lidl is committed to reducing its environmental footprint and fully supports the need to tackle the important issue of plastic waste. However, we are very aware of the need of reducing the use of plastics in our products packaging and replacing them with more sustainable alternatives. We are also working on increasing the recyclability of the materials. For this reason, we have made ambitious packaging commitments to support the circular economy.

Lidl Ireland packaging commitments:

  • By 2022, we will reduce the volume of plastic packaging by 20%.
  • By 2025, 100% of our own-brand packaging will be widely recyclable, reusable, or renewable.
  • By 2025, 50% of the materials used in our own-brand packaging will come from recycled materials.
  • We stopped selling many single-use plastic items such as plastic drinking straws, disposable plastic cups, glasses, plates and cutlery, etc., and we have replaced them for biodegradable, paper or wood alternatives.
  • We have banned plastic microbeads in cosmetic and household cleaning products.
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