Sustainability

Sustainability

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; an ethos we continue today throughout our entire European operation. Lidl have now taken a step further and since 1st July 2017 no longer sell single-use carrier bags.

The proposed store will meet Lidl’s high sustainability standards which are intended to minimise environmental impact over the lifetime of the store.

  • Lidl Herne Bay SustainabilityOur 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 for processing. This ensures that the return journey is not a wasted trip and ensures our CO2 emissions are as low as possible;
  • On the issue of waste, Lidl recycle their cardboard packaging material, along with all plastic, food waste, wood and all non-recyclable refuse. During 2016/17 Lidl recycled over 10,300 tonnes of cardboard and paper, over 450 tonnes of plastic and 370 tonnes of metal.  A combination of initiatives meant Lidl’s total recycling for all waste across the UK as a whole in 2016/17 was 92%, and the Regional Distribution Centre in Weston-Super-Mare in fact achieved 95%.  The company target for 2017/18 is now 93%.
  • In Lidl’s modern stores heating and lighting are controlled by a computerised Building Management System (BMS). This minimises energy consumption by adapting to external temperatures and lighting levels. Full lighting is used on the sales floor during trading hours but then cut back to one third outside trading hours while the store is stocked;
  • High efficiency condensing boilers are used that recover waste heat from the combustion process, and heating is regulated by sensors according to different zones within the building;
  • 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;
  • Water consumption is monitored with sensors on the taps, to minimise usage and prevent wastage; and
  • The car park lighting is switched off overnight, and is controlled by a Lux sensor during trading hours.