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Press release

Ahold Delhaize European brands launch climate hubs to support suppliers in carbon emission reduction

Zaandam, the Netherlands, February 13, 2024 – Ahold Delhaize’s European retail banners have launched open-source climate hubs. The hubs serve as online platforms where suppliers can gain insights into carbon emissions. Additionally, they can learn more about our commitment to reducing emissions and access resources to navigate the process of addressing and reporting them. The initiative is part of our scope 3 decarbonization pathway which involves the carbon emissions in our value chain.

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Thousands of suppliers, hundreds of thousands of products 

The hubs are open-source platforms to support suppliers in starting their decarbonization journey step-by-step, and include instruction videos and links to external resources such as the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and Science Based Target initiative (SBTi).  

Jan Ernst de Groot, CLO & CSO Ahold Delhaize: “Our value chain is a complex system with thousands of suppliers, producers and farmers around the world supplying hundreds of thousands of products. These products and their related packaging materials, in turn, are composed of materials and ingredients from other suppliers. Mapping the emissions from all these products and materials is a major challenge, for which we need input from our partners. The climate hubs are a great way to encourage our suppliers to track and reduce their emissions.” 

Emission reduction targets 

Ahold Delhaize has established carbon emission reduction targets for scope 1, 2 and 31 in line with the UN’s goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Our scope 1 and 2 targets have been validated by SBTi and our scope 3 target is currently subject to validation.   

The majority of emissions in the brands’ value chains are from the products and services purchased from suppliers (88.1% of scope 3 emissions2). We engage suppliers to set emissions-reduction targets through the SBTi. These emissions-reduction commitments aim to support the acceleration of improvements in livestock farming, raw material sourcing, processing, transport, packaging, deforestation, food waste reduction and agricultural practices. These actions could address the majority of Ahold Delhaize’s scope 3 emissions by 2030. 

All local climate hubs are now live 

Wouter Kolk, CEO Ahold Delhaize Europe & Indonesia: “What initially commenced as an Albert Heijn initiative, was quickly adapted by Delhaize and eventually arrived at our brands across Europe. This is a great example of the local collaboration between the brands and how we can learn from each other’s best practices.” 

Since the end of 2023 all local climate hubs for the European retail banners are live – including Albert, Albert Heijn, Alfa Beta, Delhaize Belgium, Etos, Gall & Gall, Maxi and Mega Image. The aim is to continuously develop these climate hubs, to maximize support to suppliers.

  1. See Ahold Delhaize’s 2023 Climate Plan Update for our targets and methodology.
  2. This percentage is based on 2021 data. An updated number will be published in our 2023 Annual Report.
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