Supporting Lidl Belgium in its Climate Strategy

Lidl Belgium has taken a proactive approach to climate for years. As the first retailer to be ISO 50001 certified, the company is rolling out rooftop PV on several stores, is installing charging stations for electric vehicles, and is making sure new stores and distribution centres are BREEAM-certified.  

In 2017, Lidl Belgium decided to become a frontrunner in climate action. Ecofys, a Navigant company, supported the retailer in developing its climate strategy. This included determining a carbon footprint, setting science-based targets, assessing abatement opportunities for transport and buildings and renewable energy and compensation options.

Ecofys performed a thorough analysis of Lidl’s activities along its complete supply chain. We assessed the energy and material consumption of its stores, offices, distribution centres and own vehicles, but also employee commuting, customer travel and waste collection. Looking even deeper into its supply chain, the Ecofys experts made an impact scan of its purchased goods and services and the energy use of its sold products.

With the results from this project, Lidl Belgium can track and improve its carbon footprint over time. It can also claim a leading position in the international climate arena by committing to set science-based targets. Lidl now has an improved understanding of how to reduce its climate impact to meet ambitious climate targets. Our consultancy helped them to identify which areas to focus on to turn this into a concrete action plan. The largest challenge, as for any retailer, will be in continuing to work together with its supply chain partners to drive down supply chain emissions, which form the largest part of Lidl Belgium’s total greenhouse gas emissions.

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Edgar van de Brug
Sustainable Industries and Services
PV modules on top of BREEAM certified distribution centre, Lidl Belgium (c) Lidl