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Netherlands: Lidl switches to electric distribution before 2030

Lidl will supply all its branches electrically before 2030. With this, Lidl goes beyond the laws and regulations regarding Zero Emission city logistics that set requirements in the field of transport in approximately 30-40 cities. Lidl is the first supermarket to make this commitment.

State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management Vivianne Heijnen (Sustainable Transport): "These plans show that large supermarket chains are also able to make their logistics planning far-reaching more sustainable. Not only by electrifying their fleet, but also by looking at smart solutions that save mileage. The government's ambitions are great. We see more and more good examples that show that these ambitions are also achievable."

Future-proofing through collaboration.

"Our starting point was what was possible to supply our branches electrically. In 2021, we already started with the requests to the network operators to increase the connections to our distribution centers so that the charging stations can be set up in such a way for heavy electric transport. We then provided insight into the availability of trucks on the one hand and the cost challenge on the other. Together with our transporters, we have put the dot on the horizon and are ready for the future", says a Lidl spokeman. In this way, Lidl creates clarity for its partners and does not wait for changes in legislation.

Sustainable and efficient journeys

As a cost-conscious organisation, transport at Lidl is designed in such a way that relatively short journeys are made from the local distribution centres to the branches. Freezing, refrigerated and fresh products are in one truck, so that as few trucks as possible go to the branches. On the way back, the truck takes all the waste and return flows with it so that no separate garbage trucks arrive at the branch. This is not only sustainable and efficient, but also increases the safety in the living environment of neighbor and customer.

In the coming years, all trucks, including heavy transport, will be replaced by electric ones. Because they are quiet, in the future it will also be possible to supply traffic-free moments such as the evening.

Fast chargers with self-generated 100% green electricity

The trucks are charged at the Lidl distribution centres via (fast) charging stations. The electricity used for this comes from, among other things, solar panels that are located on the roofs of Lidl's branches, distribution centers or from the Haghorst solar farm, with which Lidl recently concluded a Power Purchase Agreement.

Diesel-free transport by 2024

Lidl's entire branch supply will be completely diesel-free as early as 2024. In addition to the current electric vehicles, only biofuels such as Bio-LNG and HVO100 are used.

Source: TTM

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