Lidl as a responsible retailer is committed to delivering as sustainable a development as possible and we pride ourselves on delivering impressive green statistics.

The proposed store will meet Lidl’s high sustainability standards which are intended to minimise environmental impact over the lifetime of the store.

  • Delivery vehicles are also used to remove waste from the store on their return journey to the nearest Regional Distribution Centre where the waste/recyclable material is sorted and managed centrally. This also helps to reduce vehicle trips and CO2 emissions;
  • Lidl lead the sector in terms of recycling and waste to landfill reduction by recycling all paper/ cardboard and plastic waste produced by their stores.  In 2016/17, the Regional Distribution Centre in Weston-Super-Mare recycled 95% of all waste produced by the stores within the region it services;
  • Store heating and lighting are controlled by a computerised Building Management System (BMS). This minimises energy consumption by adapting to external temperatures and lighting levels;
  • The chilled food cabinets incorporate night blinds which trap the chilled air and reduce energy consumption overnight;
  • Our refrigeration plant has low carbon emissions ratings and operates without the need for Chlorofluorocarbons;
  • Lidl stores use a manual dock leveler for deliveries in turn reducing noise emissions and energy use;
  • All lighting in the warehouse and staff welfare areas is controlled with motion sensors ensuring that electricity consumption is strictly controlled;
  • When the building is occupied by staff only (with no customers) the lighting system is powered down to only use one out of every three fluorescent tubes;
  • Water consumption is carefully monitored and flow control devices and water meters are fitted in all stores;
  • The car park lighting is switched off overnight and is controlled by a Lux sensor during trading hours.

2016/17 Statistics – Regional Distribution Centre, Weston Super Mare

  • Over 10,300 tonnes of cardboard and paper recycled;
  • Over 450 tonnes of plastic recycled;
  • Over 370 tonnes of metal recycled;
  • Over 200 tonnes of electrical items recycled or returned to suppliers;
  • Over 100 tonnes of textiles recycled;
  • In addition, wood, ceramics, and glass were also recycled;
  • Company target for 2017/18 is 93%.

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