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Our holistic contribution to protect the climate

Sustainable action is essential for a future with a high quality of life. As a globally active group of companies, we make our contribution to protect the environment and the climate. We construct our stores and buildings to be as energy efficient as possible to promote a sustainable energy transition. We meet our electricity needs with renewable energies – in some cases from own sources. We are also promoting efficiency and sustainability regarding the consumption of freshwater, the protection of waters and oceans, and the preservation of biodiversity. Here we focus, for example, on the development of closed-loop systems and consistent waste management.

Active Climate Protection

Portrait of Hans Joachim Schellnhuber

"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."

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

Climate Strategy of the Schwarz Group

Climate Strategy of the Schwarz Group

Climate change poses enormous challenges to our society and makes action at all levels of society inevitable. As the Schwarz Group, it is our aspiration to keep the effects of climate change as low as possible and to continuously minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

As part of our group-wide climate strategy, we as the Schwarz Group officially joined the Science Based Targets Initiative back in August 2020. Following the preparation of the complete carbon footprint and the analysis of the CO2 footprint, climate protection targets were defined in accordance with 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. These targets were validated and officially approved by the initiative.

Climate targets: 1.5 degree climate target, -55% CO2 by 2033, 100% renewable energy from 2022, climate neutrality Lidl as of 2022 & Kaufland by 2025 at the latest

Goals oft the Schwarz Group

The Schwarz Group will reduce its operational greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 55 percent by 2030 compared to 2019.* As part of this, Lidl and Kaufland have set themselves the target to reduce their operational greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 80 percent over the same period.

In addition, the Schwarz Group is committed to reduce its absolute Scope 3 emissions in terms of use of fuels sold by 27.5 percent by 2030 compared to 2019. Suppliers that 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 actions to reduce, avoid or offset CO2 emissions in operations and the supply chain serve to achieve these targets. For example, the entire Schwarz Group has been sourcing 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources since fiscal 2022.** The expansion of in-house electricity generation is an important component of this.

By 2025, the Schwarz Group aims to increase the number of photovoltaic systems on and at the buildings of the corporate group to 5,000 systems, with a total output of around 700,000 kWp. Starting from 1,305 photovoltaic systems in fiscal 2020, around 3,700 new photovoltaic systems will thus be installed. Of these, more than 1,600 plants with an output of around 200,000 kWp will be built in Germany.

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

* Reduction of operational emissions (scope 1 & 2) in comparison to 2019 // ** Excluding any purchase agreements that the Schwarz Group cannot influence, such as those for individual leased properties with a binding electricity procurement clause // *** Remaining emissions (scope 1 & 2) will be offset by carbon offset projects

Facts and figures


m² Photovoltaics

Growth of 259,367 m² compared to previous year


MWh electricity generation from renewable energies

63 % increase over the previous year Over 30,000 households could be supplied with it


% Reduction in operational emissions compared with the previous year

(Scope 1 and 2)


Lidl and Kaufland stores

are equipped with at least one e-charging station

Overview of Scope 1, 2 and 3

Our Measures

Preserve Fresh Water

Fresh water is one of the most important resources on this planet. Although it is a renewable resource and therefore continuously available to us, it is also in constant danger of being harmed due to unequal distribution and negative impacts due to use. Neither agriculture nor industrial production would be conceivable without sufficiently available clean water. Without clean seas, fishing would be impossible and the entire ecology of this planet would be severely disrupted. In light of all these challenges, the Schwarz Group intends to prevent water pollution and excessive consumption of water at all of its locations and in all of its contries.

Our Measures

Land Use and Biodiversity

The loss of biological diversity represents an existential threat for humanity: For example, only ecosystems which are functional and biologically diverse are able to support the continuous production of food. They are an essential basis for a sustainable food retail sector. Bioland stands for the protection of biodiversity and are committed to sustainable land use – we are pleased to have Lidl's cooperation in this endeavor.

Our Measure