Eco­systems

Active Climate Protection

Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber CBE, Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber CBE,
Director Emeritus of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)

The threat to the world’s food supply caused by climate-related droughts, floods and harvest failures only can be overcome if we keep global warming under 2 degrees Celsius. This means we need to bring our production of greenhouse gases down to zero by 2050. As a vital part of our economy, the food retail business also bears responsibility for achieving this goal. The Schwarz Group should therefore make an appropriate contribution to the stabilization of our climate. To do this, it needs a solid plan for rapidly reducing its emissions resulting from the cooling, lighting, distribution, and of course the production of its goods. This will make it possible for our grandchildren to also live safely and eat well.

Climate strategy of the Schwarz Group

Climate change poses enormous challenges to our society and makes actions at all levels of social responsibility indispensable. As the Schwarz Group, it is our aspiration to keep the effects of climate change as low as possible and to continuously minimize the emission of greenhouse gases.

We as the Schwarz Group officially joined the Science Based Targets Initiative back in August 2020 as part of our group-wide climate strategy. Following the preparation of the complete climate balance sheet and the analysis of the CO2 footprint, climate protection targets were defined according to the methodology of the Science Based Targets initiative and backed up with measures to reduce, avoid or offset CO2 emissions in operations and the supply chain.

Goals of the Schwarz Group

The Schwarz Group will reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 2030 by 55 percent compared to 2019. As part of this, Lidl and Kaufland have set a target to reduce their operational greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 80 percent over the same period of time. Suppliers, who are responsible for 78 percent of product-related emissions, are encouraged by the Schwarz Group to define their own climate target by 2026 according to the criteria of the Science Based Targets initiative.

A wide range of measures to reduce, avoid or offset CO2 emissions in operations and the supply chain serve to achieve these targets.

With our climate strategy, we support the Paris Climate Agreement and make a measurable contribution to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

1,184

Kaufland and Lidl stores are each provided with at least one e-charging station (2019)

793,731

photovoltaic plants are operated by the Schwarz Group (2019). This corresponds to an area of around 111 soccer fields

Implementation and Measures

25.8

per employee

11550,731

total

Implementation and Measures

More than
420,000 m²

of flowered areas have Lidl and the Schwarz Produktion already created in Germany (2018-2019)

Implementation and Measures