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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 placed even more focus on assessing and reducing our environmental impact by completing a carbon footprinting analysis of our operations in conjunction with experts in the Carbon Trust. By analysing where we have the most impact as a business, we will be able to create an effective climate change strategy to reduce our environmental footprint and optimise our processes.

Approximately 75% of food production emissions occur on farm level. In this supply chain, we minimise our carbon footprint by sourcing from farms with environmental improvement programmes in place. Through the Origin Green programme, the world’s first national food sustainability programme created by Bord Bia, all beef, lamb and dairy farms in Ireland are carbon footprinted every 18 months, and development strategies are provided to farmers to improve their environmental footprint and save costs.

Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency

In 2016, our energy management efforts were rewarded with all our stores being certified to the ISO 50001 Energy Management Standard.  One year later, this accreditation was extended to our 3 Distribution Centres, Dublin Head Office and newly built stores, certifying 100% of our properties.

By becoming certified to the ISO 50001 Standard, we have demonstrated that our energy management system meets the requirements set by the International Standards Organisation (ISO). This gives our customers, stakeholders, employees and management the confidence that our energy consumption is responsible and continuously improved.

Not only is it the right thing to do for the environment, but our efficiency programmes help to reduce energy usage – a saving we can pass on to our customers. Employee training and awareness campaigns ensure we are continuously improving our performance.

Sustainable Buildings Sustainable Buildings

Our new concept stores are built with sustainability in mind, employing a range of strategies to reduce environmental impact. These include high-performance glass fronted façade to maximise natural daylight entering the building, sensor controlled exterior sun blinds to reduce unwanted heat from the sun, waste heat recovery ventilation systems and LED lighting. The stores also use more sustainable materials such as timber glulam beams, as well as a high insulation, external cladding. Building Management Systems control the lighting in stores with motion sensors to conserve energy where it is not required.

Sustainability @ Head Office Sustainability @ Head Office

In April 2016, we moved to a new Head Office in Tallaght. It was designed to the highest level of sustainability and innovation to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. In 2017, our Head Office won the Architectural Project of the Year at the Irish Building Design Awards.

Sustainability features at our Head Office include:

  • Solar Panels used to heat water throughout the building
  • Air Source Heat Pump which services underfloor heating
  • Rooftop weather station to control temperature and automatic blinds
  • Air-Conditioning with integrated heat recovery system to reduce energy demand
  • Rainwater harvesting system which distributes rain water around the building
  • Three electric charging points with two Audi e-tron cars for employee use

Solar Energy Solar Energy

We use solar energy in a number of our properties including our Head Office. Our first major solar installation was in our Gorey store. Live since March 2017, it boasts 370 solar panels covering more than 600m2 of the store’s roof, while generating 20% of the store’s electricity requirements. This year it will generate 90,000kWh of electricity, enough to power 16 homes for a year! What’s more, this also reduces carbon emissions by 40,000kg per year, which is the same amount of carbon emissions a typical car would produce if it was driven around the world 7 times. In 2018, we committed to adding solar panels to all suitable new stores and we have 12 stores scheduled for 2019.

Refrigeration Refrigeration

Over the past number of years we have phased out the use of R22 as our main refrigerant and replaced it with a more environmentally friendly R404A, and most recently R134A refrigerant. Our meat and poultry cabinets use a natural propane (R290) as the refrigerant – this has a lower global warming effect and zero ozone depletion potential. All in-store and warehouse refrigeration units are audited prior to their maintenance due-dates to ensure operational efficiency and minimal leakage. We reduce the energy usage of our units by installing chiller night-blinds, chiller doors on milk cabinets and raising awareness about efficient usage.

Logistics Logistics

At Lidl, we pride ourselves on offering freshness and availability to our customers at all times. Our suppliers deliver directly to our regional distribution centres, and stores receive daily orders. 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.

Our teams continuously measure logistical data for store deliveries, ensuring cost effective and efficient pallet planning for distribution. This requires close collaboration with our haulage suppliers. Delivery vehicles back-haul materials to our distribution centres for recycling purposes. Activity is measured by stringent KPI’s to ensure efficient vehicle utilisation and reduced fuel consumption, contributing to a better environment.

ZERO waste to landfill

Recycling & Waste Management Recycling & Waste Management

At Lidl, 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. We are currently diverting 100% of waste from landfill and are working hard to maintain this.

Our Logistics team continue to develop innovative ways of managing our waste streams to ensure we recycle more and reduce general waste. We have set ourselves ambitious targets of decreasing our overall waste – a challenge that will evolve as our organisation grows.

Segregation is key to the programme’s success. Our organic waste is anaerobically digested creating energy which goes back onto the grid. Vast quantities of wood, plastic, cardboard and metal are deployed to recycling depots. We have achieved enormous cost savings in reduced general waste and substantially increased our recycling streams, reducing our environmental impact.

ZERO waste to landfill