Climate change

Mitigating our operations and supply chain impacts on climate change

Climate change is a significant global issue impacting our society, our quality of life, and our business. The increasing instability of temperature and rainfall is already impacting the ability to farm, fish, and raise livestock while the frequency and intensity of storms is impacting our facilities and transportation. Meanwhile, science continues to link how and what we eat with the health of the planet – eating a healthy diet often corresponds with a diet that is healthier for the planet.

To mitigate our impacts on climate change and the impacts it has on our business, we are already reducing emissions from our operations and supply chain, and we are evolving our product assortment.

Specifically, Ahold Delhaize is taking action to reduce emissions from the operations of its brands and businesses as well as in producing own-brand products. We are lowering direct emissions by investing in more efficient energy, refrigeration and transportation systems. We are reducing food waste – one of the major global drivers of climate emissions – from our stores and distribution centers. Our brands are working with suppliers to shift consumption toward products that have a lighter climate footprint. And our brands are meeting growing customer demands for more climate-friendly foods, by offering, for example, increased assortments of plant-based proteins.

For each of these areas, we set clear targets to achieve by the end of 2020, and we are designing new targets for 2025 and beyond. We aim to reduce carbon emissions from our own operations by 30% by 2020 (2008 baseline) and reduce food waste across our operations by 20% from 2016 -2020. We aim to de-link our own-brand products from deforestation by sourcing palm oil, soy, beef and wood fibers that meet sustainable sourcing guidelines and we aim to have 50% of our own-brand food sales come from healthy products by 2020.

As part of our extended Healthy & Sustainable growth driver roadmap to 2025, we have publicly committed to set long-term, science-based targets on climate. The Science Based Target Initiative framework, which has been developed by WWF, CDP, WRI and UN Global Compact, helps specify how much and how quickly organizations need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to stay within the 1.5°C maximum rise in global temperature. Through this work, we will not only set actions to reduce emissions in our product supply chains but will also continue to reduce emissions in our stores, distribution centers, and transportation.

Our complete 2019 performance results are available in our Annual Report.