Lidl as a responsible retailer is committed to delivering as sustainable a development as possible and we pride ourselves on some pretty impressive green statistics.
We were one of the very first retailers to insist on payment for carrier bags way back in 1994; and as of July 2017 stopped selling single-use carrier bags across all our stores. We were also the first British supermarket to adopt the Living Wage for our employees (later increased to a Higher Living Wage) and offer relevant, tailored training and development opportunities to nurture talent and help staff progress in their careers.
The proposed store will meet Lidl’s high sustainability standards which are intended to minimise environmental impact over the lifetime of the store.
- We are proud to support the British Farming Industry and 61% of our food products are sourced from British suppliers (and 100% of our own brand dairy and fresh meat);
- Our strict efficiency policies mean that store ordering levels are carefully monitored in order to minimise deliveries to two or three HGV deliveries per day. The returning HGV transports waste and recyclable material from the store to the nearest Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) for processing. This ensures that the return journey is not a wasted trip and ensures our CO2 emissions are as low as possible. For the proposed store the nearest RDC will actually be only a short distance along Brownhill Way;
- In 2017, we launched our national food redistribution programme called Feed It Back network. All our stores will connected to local good causes and any surplus food from these stores goes to these charities and community groups to help provide healthy meals for people who need them;
- We are constantly improving our recycling levels. In 2016, 98% of operational waste from our stores and warehouses was recycled or recovered;
- 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.