Lidl Schweiz first in Switzerland to receive Lean & Green Star

Lidl Schweiz is the first company in Switzerland to be awarded a star by the Lean & Green initiative. Taking part in the initiative, Lidl undertook to achieve a reduction in CO2 emissions of at least 20% in relative terms within five years in its transport and logistics. The retailer has already achieved this target after just three years.

When Lidl Schweiz joined the Lean & Green initiative in 2017, the retail chain undertook to achieve a reduction of its carbon footprint with measures in the categories of warehouse and transport logistics, energy efficient technologies and efficient energy management as well as organisational and behaviour management. Overall, Lidl Schweiz reduced CO2 emissions in transport & logistics by around 928 tonnes in absolute terms in the period from 2015 to 2019. Since measures a company implemented up to three years prior to joining the Lean & Green initiative also count towards the overall figure, the reduction achieved in 2015 and 2016 was included.

Lidl’s Sévaz goods distribution centre was constructed in 2015 according to the latest energy standards, with state-of-the-art technology used to reduce its impact on the environment. In view of the new location, Lidl Schweiz was able to reduce transportation kilometres by approximately 40% and achieve a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. Energy savings were also achieved by switching to LED lighting in the Weinfelden goods distribution centre.

Based on optimised energy management in the Weinfelden and Sévaz goods distribution centres, the company obtained ISO 50001 certification. The objectives of certification to this standard are enhanced measurement of consumption, optimised energy consumption achieved by implementing campaigns and measures to increase efficiency as well as promoting energy-aware behaviour in the goods distribution centres.

Since December 2017, Lidl Schweiz has additionally dispensed with sector-standard pre-cooling of its trucks when loading chilled products. Various in-house tests had shown that the cold chain can be adhered to at all times without such pre-cooling.

Lidl aims for a second star
Lidl’s next target is to achieve a second Lean & Green star. For this, the company will need to reduce its CO2 emissions by a further 10% within three years.

The Lean & Green initiative
Commissioned by the government, the Lean & Green initiative was launched in the Netherlands in 2008 and has meanwhile been established as a European initiative across nine countries with more than 500 participating companies. GS1 Switzerland is the host of the initiative in Switzerland and supports participating companies in implementing their objectives. In addition to Lidl, Coop Genossenschaft, Krummen Karzers AG, Zingg Transporte AG and Spar Handels AG are active initiative members in Switzerland.

GS1 Switzerland – The Global Language of Business
GS1 Switzerland provides solutions for more efficient value networks using global standards. We help companies optimise the flow of goods, information and value and share practical knowledge with them. Together with our members, we develop standards and process recommendations to create benefits for everyone involved.

GS1 Switzerland is a neutral association based in Bern and forms part of GS1, a not-for-profit organisation active in 140 countries.

Lidl Schweiz
Quality, freshness and Swissness are key features of Lidl Schweiz’s carefully selected product range. The world of Lidl is shaped by efficiency. This guarantees the best price-performance ratio and creates the basis for sustainability that is lived out to benefit everyone.

Lidl Schweiz operates two goods distribution centres, one in Weinfelden (canton of Thurgau, TG) and the other in Sévaz (canton of Fribourg, FR). They supply in excess of 120 stores across Switzerland, with further stores to open in the coming years. The company employs more than 3,500 people.

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