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Ahold Delhaize’s Climate Ambitions: A Comprehensive Overview

The climate change discussion is often filled with technical terms such as ‘Sustainability,’ ‘climate,’ ‘scope 1, 2, 3,’ ‘net-zero,’ ‘CO2 emissions,’ and ‘decarbonization.’ This terminology can make it challenging to grasp the topic, especially with numerous experts and organizations sharing their perspectives. To address this, we want to provide insights into Ahold Delhaize’s climate goals.

  1. Ahold Delhaize’s Climate Plan Aligns with 1.5 Degrees: We have formulated short-term (interim) and long-term (net-zero) climate objectives for our own operations (scope 1 and 2) and our entire value chain (scope 3) that align with the latest climate science. These targets are consistent with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C.
  2. Ahold Delhaize’s Climate Targets Are Science-Based: Our climate targets have been developed through extensive, long-term collaborations with external experts. These partnerships help us identify the necessary goals to achieve net-zero emissions in a timely manner. We follow the methodology of the Science Based Targets initiative, which adapts the Paris Agreement’s requirements for the business context. Ahold Delhaize’s commitment to Science Based Targets for all three scopes positions us as a leader in our industry, as confirmed by external benchmarks like the MSCI Sustainability Index.
  3. Ahold Delhaize’s Main Challenge Lies in the Supply Chain: Our responsibility extends beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions in our own operations; it also encompasses emissions in our supply chain. This includes emissions associated with raw material sourcing, product manufacturing, and transportation. Ahold Delhaize’s brands in Europe and the United States offer a wide range of products supplied by over 10,000 providers, all with complex, global supply chains. Therefore, collective efforts are required to transition towards a healthier and more sustainable food system. Achieving this transformation also relies on government support in creating fair competition, establishing reporting standards, enhancing data accessibility, and consumers making sustainable choices, such as opting for plant-based proteins with lower emissions.

Here are the specifics of our commitments:

  • We aim to achieve net-zero emissions in our own operations (scope 1 and 2) by 2040, with an interim target of a 50% reduction by 2030.
  • Ahold Delhaize has committed to reducing CO2 emissions in its entire value chain (scope 3) by at least 37% by 2030, using a 2020 baseline.
  • We are dedicated to reaching net-zero emissions across our entire value chain by 2050.

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