Climate Strategy

Climate strategy

Climate change is a threat to our living conditions and businesses and requires us to act at all levels of society. As a result, Lidl is committed to climate protection through a variety of measures and has developed a global climate strategy across all countries it operates in and with specific targets by 2030.

Lidl's climate strategy at a glance

We analyse our CO2 footprint

We record all greenhouse gas emissions that occur throughout the value chain.

We initiate actions to deal with emissions in all our operations and supply chains

We follow the approach: avoidance, advanced reduction and emission compensation.

We set ambitious climate targets

These are consistent with the 1.5 degree Celsius goal of the ‘Science Based Targets’ initiative.

The ‘Science Based Targets’ initiative is the basis for our climate goals

In August 2020, the Schwarz Group joined the ‘Science Based Targets’ initiative on behalf of the entire group, which supports businesses in setting and implementing scientifically proven climate targets, which have now been formally validated by this initiative in September 2021. As one of the largest food chains in the field of retail and under the umbrella of the Schwarz Group, Lidl Cyprus significantly contributes towards climate protection.

As part of the Schwarz Group and within the framework of its climate strategy, Lidl Cyprus has set specific goals and measures that initially aim to avoid, reduce and where it is not possible otherwise, to compensate for its CO2 emissions in its business activities as well as in its supply chain.

Our Climate Targets


- By 2030, Lidl aims to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, compared to 2019, in all countries it operates.

- In addition, Lidl Cyprus aims to use green electric energy in all its facilities at 100% by the end of 2022.

- By doing so, Lidl Cyprus will become a climate neutral* company in 2022.

- Most of Lidl 's carbon footprint is attributed to the production of its products, ie to the early stages of the value chain. The company therefore wants its suppliers, who are responsible for 75% of emissions related to products, to commit to setting their own climate targets by 2026 based on the methodology of the ‘Science Based Targets’ initiative.

In order to achieve its ambitious goals, Lidl Cyprus has developed a comprehensive action plan as part of its climate strategy, which have to do with the direct emissions generated within the company and influenced by it, as well as the indirect ones resulting from the energy consumption that the company supplies from external providers, as well as emissions that are related to the company’s business activity throughout the supply chain, as well as other stages of the production chain.

Carbon neutrality

Lidl Cyprus cooperates with experienced partners to compensate for its greenhouse gases. Compensation projects are selected according to high quality requirements. It thus offsets the emissions resulting from its various operations and makes its business activities carbon neutral*. At the same time, we continue to work towards avoiding CO2 emissions where possible or in reducing unavoidable emissions.

Measures in our logistics centres and stores

We manage energy more efficiently:

- using energy saving lighting

- by extending the photovoltaic systems on the roofs of our stores and other facilities, we supply our facilities in Cyprus with clean and sustainable energy

- 18 stores, 1 warehouse and 1 administration building are ISO 50001 certified

- we have the most certified green buildings in the country, following a specific green renovation programme that reduces its environmental footprint. With EDGE certification, Lidl Cyprus saves 743 tons of carbon dioxide, 90862 cubic metres of water and 1551 MWh of energy per year. It initially received EDGE green building certification for 17 of its stores, using the model of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a financial arm of the World Bank.

We use natural resources more sparingly:

- using more natural refrigerants in our stores and warehouses

- we take a stand against food waste and waste in general by using more and more recycled materials for our packaging as part of our plastic strategy

Measures in our product range and supply chains

We reduce emissions in the early stages of the supply chain:

- engaging our suppliers, to set their own climate targets based on the methodology of the ‘Science Based Targets’ initiative

- we promote the expansion of our carbon neutral ** product range by adapting the characteristics of our products



* Climate neutral for direct and indirect emissions, through certified compensation projects.

** Climate neutral through certified compensation projects