Lidl Switzerland teams up with Empa to develop fossil-free fuel

Wassim El Attar
Supply Chain Analyst

Date : 27 May 2020

Lidl Switzerland partners with Empa, a Swiss research institute for applied materials sciences and technology, to develop a system that produces a fossil-free fuel from renewable electricity.

Committed to deliver goods without use of fossils

Lidl Switzerland has pledged to deliver goods to all its stores without the use of fossil fuels by 2030. As part of “Goodbye Diesel” project, the retailer has already invested infrastructure for the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG). This infrastructure is to be operated with renewable gas in the future, which means that fossil diesel can be replaced in a sustainable manner in cargo transport. Therefore, Lidl Switzerland is entering into a partnership with Empa to support the development of a new type of power-to-gas plant that will convert surplus energy generated from water, sun, and CO2 to fuel.

Source: Lidl Switzerland

Sustainable logistics

Brigitte Buchmann, Member of Empa's Board of Directors and Head of the "Mobility, Energy and Environment" department, commented: "The CO2 emissions of long-distance and cargo traffic are very relevant. We are delighted to have found in Lidl Switzerland another partner on the road to fossil-free cargo transports".

Ueli Rüger, Head of Logistics at Lidl Switzerland, said: "By the end of 2022, we will be able to fill up a Lidl truck with 100% fossil-free, local fuel at the plant. This will allow us to gain initial experience with this technology and pave the way for sustainable logistics".

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