2% of the carbon footprint
In France, LIDL opened its first supermarket in 1988. Since then, this major food retailer has developed remarkably : today it runs 1570 supermarkets in France and employs more than 44000 people.
As for the contract with EQUANS, three major issues had to be addressed for each retail point : increase the reliability of the cold chain (essential in food distribution), lower the carbon impact of the refrigerant fluid (since 2018, all refrigeration equipments use propane as a natural refrigerant fluid), control the consumptions and lower the dependance on energy distributors by producing its own electricity with photovoltaic.
In the specialized press, Jean-Baptise Léger, LIDL CSR and Public Affairs Manager, said in 2020 that “the products we sell make up 98% of our carbon footprint. The remaining 2%, a little less than 400 000 tons, correspond to our operational perimeter, i.e. logistics, wastes, energy or transports. It’s precisely on those fields that we‘ve got the best opportunity to act. »