Lidl Great Britain has set the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2022.
The discounter will be working to cut emissions from its operations as part of a series of commitments made by parent company the Schwarz Group to assist in lowering global warming to 1.5 degrees by 2030.
It has also set the target of reducing international operational emissions by 80 per cent by 2030 across all its locations.
The German retailer has said it plans to introduce solar panels on all its new locations, invest in energy-efficient refrigeration technologies, and operate 350 electric vehicle charging points at its locations by 2022.
“With the UK hosting COP26 in November, this is a crucial year in the fight against climate change and we recognise our responsibility to reduce our emissions to help tackle this important issue,” Lidl GB chief executive Christian Härtnagel said.
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“Through these ambitious targets we hope to make a significant contribution by not only rapidly decarbonising our own operations but also supporting our suppliers to do the same.
“As a discounter, it is ingrained in us to be constantly looking to maximise efficiency and reduce waste.
“Whether it’s how we heat and light our stores, or how we transport food from our suppliers to our warehouses, we are continuing to find ways to cut emissions across our business.”
The retailer will oblige its suppliers to cut down on the 75 per cent of emissions that they contribute by 2026 with an engagement and learning programme using the methodology of the Science Based Targets initiative.
The discounter’s goals follow its previous commitments to create a carbon-neutral cheddar, and to ban peat from its compost selection by 2022.