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Lidl Cyprus’ ambitious climate strategy expresses green agenda

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For Lidl Cyprus, sustainable actions are a key goal on the road to a better tomorrow.

By developing a climate strategy and establishing a set of scientifically-proven objectives, based on the ‘Science Based Targets’ methodology, the company is consistently taking key steps towards climate protection, thereby significantly contributing towards curbing the increase of the average global temperature to 1.5°C, as provided for in the Paris Agreement.

In August 2020, the Schwarz Group joined the ‘Science Based Targets’ initiative on behalf of the entire group, which supports businesses in defining and implementing scientifically-proven climate targets, which have now been formally validated by this initiative.

As one of the largest food chains in the field of retail and under the umbrella of the Schwarz Group, Lidl Cyprus significantly contributes towards climate protection Further, as part of the Schwarz Group and within the framework of its climate strategy, Lidl Cyprus has set specific goals and measures that initially aim to avoid, reduce and, where there is no other option, to compensate for CO2 emissions arising from its operations and supply chain.

  • By 2030, Lidl aims to reduce its overall greenhouse gas emissions by 80 per cent in comparison to 2019, in all countries in which it is active.
  • In addition, by the end of 2022, Lidl Cyprus aims to use 100 per cent green energy at all its facilities
  • By doing so, it will become a climate neutral company in 2022. (Climate neutral for direct and indirect emissions, through certified compensation projects)
  • Most of Lidl ‘s carbon footprint is attributed to production of its goods, i.e. to the early stages of the value chain. The company therefore wants its suppliers – i.e. those responsible for 75 per cent of emissions related to products – to commit to setting their own climate targets by 2026, based on the methodology of the ‘Science Based Targets’ initiative.

In order to achieve its ambitious goals, Lidl Cyprus has developed a comprehensive action plan as part of its climate strategy, which have to do with the direct emissions generated within the company and influenced by it, as well as indirect emissions resulting from the energy consumption the company supplies from external providers. Also covered are emissions related to the company’s business activity throughout the supply chain, as well as at other stages of the production chain.

“Climate change requires action at all levels of society. By setting climate targets based on the methodology of the ‘Science Based Targets’ initiative, we are aligning our actions with current climate research,” said Spyros Kondylis, General Director of Lidl Cyprus.

“By doing so, we prove that climate protection is a task that we at Lidl take seriously, and address in a sound manner. We want to set an example on issues related to climate protection, especially in our own operating facilities. We’re already achieving this by using energy in the most efficient way, as well as paying more attention to renewable energy sources.”

Lidl Cyprus has already started the implementation of various measures to reduce its carbon footprint, beginning with analysing the main sources of its emissions. Because, on the road to a better tomorrow, climate protection for Lidl Cyprus is a priority.

Learn more about the company’s climate strategy and goals here.

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