Climate impact

Climate change is disrupting economies and affecting lives. How do we reduce our carbon footprint and help build climate resilience?

Why does it matter?

Floods, drought, lost crops: already climate change is impacting communities and agriculture worldwide. If we want to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and sustain our way of life, one action we must take is to reduce carbon emissions.

What we are doing

At Ahold Delhaize we will reduce our energy intensity and emissions by assessing and reducing the environmental impact of our operations. We have already uncovered plenty of opportunities: from the refrigerators, transport methods and energy we use, to how we dispose of waste. This is a case where doing the right thing makes good long- and short-term business sense, enabling efficiencies and increasing profits.

In our own operations, we measured our performance in 2019 in four areas:

  • COemissions per square meter of sales area; we reduced this by 32% compared with our 2008 baseline. Our ambition is to reduce it further to 30% by 2020.
  • The average GWP (Global Warming Potential) of refrigerants; we reduced it to 2242; by 2020 we hope to drop this further to 2230.
  • The share of ozone-friendly refrigerants was 78%, aiming for 85% by 2020.
  • Our recycled waste percentage was 77%; by 2020, we hope to pull this up to 80%.

For more details please see our reporting page.

Our focus

Our current focus lies in improving the energy efficiency of all our facilities, moving toward more climate-friendly refrigerants, further reducing refrigerant leakage, and improving our transport and logistics efficiency.

Reducing our global footprint in practice

Below, you will find some real ways we are reducing our global footprint while offering customers more choice, more inspiration and more support.


Our actions are aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 to “Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.