Zaandam, the Netherlands, November 12, 2021 – Ahold Delhaize believes it is imperative that it achieves decarbonization of its business and partners to enable a 1.5°C-future. Ahold Delhaize and its brands commit to reach net-zero carbon emissions across their operations by no later than 2040 (scope 1 and 2) and to becoming net-zero businesses across its entire supply chain, products and services no later than by 2050 (scope 3). Further, Ahold Delhaize has joined the Business Ambition for 1.5°C, a global coalition of UN agencies, business and industry leaders, in partnership with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and the UN led campaign ‘Race to Zero’.
In the past years, Ahold Delhaize and its brands have worked towards a net-zero scenario by 2050 and have taken a systems approach to building a climate strategy based on Science Based Targets. It has conducted in-depth research on the impact of climate change following recommendations from the Taskforce Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).
Frans Muller, CEO Ahold Delhaize, says: “As a 150-year-old company, we are committed to do our part and ensure we can keep serving our customers and communities in a responsible way for the next 150 years. We believe we are taking the right steps, through stakeholder feedback and third-party recognition like the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, ranking us in the top 10% of companies and from MSCI, recently upgrading Ahold Delhaize from an ‘A’ to an ‘AA’ ESG rating.”
Scope 1 and 2 reduction levers
Ahold Delhaize’s current target is to reduce carbon emissions from its brands’ own operations by 50% by 2030 (2018 baseline). Key considerations are:
Therefore, the Ahold Delhaize brands continue to improve their own operations as follows:
Collaborating with the value chain to address scope 3
Ahold Delhaize and its brands have committed to long-term science-based targets to reach a net-zero value chain by 2050 and will advocate towards its value chain to build carbon emission reduction plans consistent with a 1.5°C degrees scenario. The biggest opportunity to reduce carbon emissions in scope 3 can be made in agriculture, where Ahold Delhaize brands focus on partnering with farmers in this transition, by incentivizing sustainable change through longer term contracts with concrete environmental requirements and co-investments on their farms. A detailed plan for scope 3 will follow within the next 12 months.
Daniella Vega, Global Senior Vice President Health & Sustainability: “Ahold Delhaize’s local brands work with thousands of farmers and suppliers who create hundreds of thousands of products. We consider this a huge responsibility and a huge opportunity. The brands can drive supplier engagement and work with them to protect and restore forests and other eco-systems.”
Ahold Delhaize’s Health and Sustainability strategy is built around the idea that the health crisis and the climate crisis are inextricably linked. Healthier food choices are more often than not, better planetary choices. A more balanced diet and more sustainable shopping baskets help reduce carbon emission, improve soil health, mitigate deforestation and increase biodiversity.
For a complete overview of Ahold Delhaize’s health & sustainability achievements and targets, please visit: https://www.aholddelhaize.com/sustainability.
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