Lidl Belgium to help suppliers reduce CO2 emissions

Wassim El Attar
Supply Chain Analyst

Date : 22 June 2020

Lidl Belgium aims to send climate consultants to its main suppliers to help them reduce their CO2 emissions.

Looking at the supply chain

Lidl has been actively working to reduce its overall greenhouse gas footprint across its operations. It now aims to do so by looking at 60 suppliers, including 24 from Belgium, that account for 80% of the emissions in its supply chain.  

Lidl is collaborating with two strategic and independent sustainability consultancies. They are due to help suppliers draw up a CO2 action plan which identifies the largest sources of CO2 emissions in their operations, amongst other steps.

Lidl’s annual CO2 emissions is almost 900,000 tons. 93% of these emissions take place outside of Lidl’s operations, at suppliers or further down the chain, for example when extracting raw materials.  By 2030, The German discounter aims to reduce 36% CO2 emissions throughout its value chain.

Taking the lead

Philippe Weiler, head of sustainability Lidl, commented: “As a retailer, we want to take the lead and bear our full responsibility as a company: from the climate impact of our buildings to the production of the range we have in stores. That is why we want to convince our suppliers even more actively to participate in Lidl's sustainability efforts, because CO2 naturally goes beyond the supermarket walls.

“During the first visits to a few suppliers, we managed to place climate on the agenda for the first time. Most are now looking at the calculated carbon footprint and which concrete measures they can take with regard to energy efficiency or renewable energy. Some already want to go a step further by organizing a workshop with their own suppliers.”

According to the German discounter, meat processing company De Keyser, among others, has already been paid a visit by climate consultants. Product Manager at REMIC / De Keyser, Kevin Van Dorpe, said: “We got a clearer view of which measures can have an effective impact within the entire supermarket chain. Their advice and external view were very valuable to us.

“Thanks to their visit, there are now a number of action points on the table that we want to tackle further, such as where we can combat energy losses and opportunities to optimise our logistics.”

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