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Sweden: Lidl sets scientific climate goals

Discount Retail Chain Lidl Sweden (owned by the German Schwarz Gruppe) is committed to setting climate goals within the framework of the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi). This means that the food chain's climate emissions must be reduced in accordance with the Paris Agreement by avoiding, reducing or compensating for greenhouse gas emissions from the business and the supply chain.

By letting scientific goals form the basis for its own climate goals, Lidl will now expand its climate work. Lidl Sweden's commitment has come about through Lidl's owner Schwarz Group, with 12,500 stores in 33 countries, joining SBTi.

More specifically, Lidl Sweden will set goals and measures to avoid, reduce or compensate for greenhouse gas emissions from the business and the supplier level. The goals are based on what according to the latest science is required to achieve the Paris Agreement's goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees celsius.

We are constantly working to streamline and reduce our own environmental impact, it is a very important issue for us. Since we started measuring greenhouse gas emissions in 2016, we have reduced them by 22% despite increased sales during the same period by 31%. This is an important milestone because it shows that you can have strong growth and at the same time reduce emissions, says Johan Augustsson, Sweden manager at Lidl.

Lidl Sweden has already implemented a number of measures to reduce the company's carbon footprint. Switching to a higher proportion of climate-smart fuels and focusing on achieving smarter logistics has been particularly effective. The next step in the commitment is that in the next few months, Lidl will specify climate goals and level of ambition for the entire business and supplier level, and then undergo revision and approval of SBTi.

Climate change threatens humanity and our future and therefore real measures are required at all levels of society. For many years, Lidl Sweden has focused on reducing its own emissions. By setting goals within SBTi, we take the next step and set an even more effective climate strategy. We will tell customers what we do and how it goes, because we know it is important to them, Johan Augustsson continues.

About Science Based Targets The Science Based Targets initiative was founded in 2015 and is an international collaboration between the UN Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). The aim is to meet the Paris Agreement's goal of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees celcius. More than 1,000 companies have today joined the initiative.

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