Lidl as a responsible retailer is committed to being efficient, lean and sustainable. We have taken some impressive steps and seen positive results but we are constantly looking for ways to improve. All of our initiatives are outline in the attached Sustainability Report:
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The proposed store will meet Lidl’s high sustainability standards which are intended to minimise environmental impact over the lifetime of the store.
- Our strict efficiency policies mean that store ordering levels are carefully monitored in order to minimise deliveries to two HGV deliveries per day. The returning HGV transports waste and recyclable material from the store to the nearest Regional Distribution Centre for processing. This ensures that the return journey is not a wasted trip and ensures our CO2 emissions are as low as possible;
- We are constantly improving our recycling levels. All waste from our stores is transferred back to the regional distribution centre for processing. We redistribute as much food surplus as possible to local charities / organisations and in terms of operational waste we recycle 98%, with 100% of our plastic and cardboard currently being recycled.
- Store heating and lighting are controlled by a computerised Building Management System (BMS). This minimises energy consumption by adapting to external temperatures and lighting levels;
- The chilled food cabinets incorporate night blinds which trap the chilled air and reduce energy consumption overnight;
- Our refrigeration plant has low carbon emissions ratings and operates without the need for CFCs;
- All lighting in the warehouse and staff welfare areas is controlled with motion sensors, ensuring that electricity consumption is strictly controlled;
- When the building is occupied by staff only (with no customers), the lighting system is powered down to only use one out of every three fluorescent tubes; and
- The car park lighting is switched off overnight, and is controlled by a Lux sensor during trading hours.