The reduction of CO2 emissions in their value chain (scope 3) from 15% to 45% by 2030 in comparison to 2018 was revealed by Albert Heijn last week. Through a number of initiatives, Albert Heijn seeks to improve the quality of life for people throughout the world in accordance with the company’s vision, “Together we make eating healthier the simple choice.” They are already carbon neutral inside their own company operations—stores, distribution centers, and offices—and ongoing improvements are being made to their value chain. In their chicken and pork chains, for instance, the precise carbon emissions have now been mapped.
lowering CO2 emissions across all chicken and pork supply chains
Through their Better for Nature & Farmer programs, Albert Heijn has long-standing relationships with more than 1,100 farmers and producers in the fresh produce chain. CO2 reduction is specifically mentioned in these projects, along with open, long-term agreements about the environment, sustainability, animal welfare, and suitable earning capability.
In order to correctly assess the greenhouse gas emissions in the chicken and pork chains, Albert Heijn started working with supply chain partners in the latter half of 2020. They were able to determine the CO2 impact of these items using the primary data from the value chains, allowing them to take focused action to lower CO2 emissions. For instance, animal feed accounts for 50% of all emissions in the pig supply chain and 77% in the case of poultry. As a result, Albert Heijn already promotes the use of circular feed and soy that doesn’t cause deforestation in its supply chains for animal feed. Albert Heijn is also gathering primary specific data for beef, salmon, eggs, meat replacements, fruits, and vegetables, among other categories, in order to obtain further insight into other chains.
on the path to improved nutrition
In addition to lowering CO2 emissions across all of its value chains, Albert Heijn also has the following activities as part of its sustainability strategy:
By mandating that 60% of the proteins consumers consume come from vegetable sources by 2030, Albert Heijn is assisting customers in making the switch to a plant-based diet. This can be accomplished, for instance, by providing a wide selection of vegetarian and vegetable products, including a budget-friendly line of vegan Price Favorite products, informing the customer of the benefits of eating less meat, offering recipe ideas for vegetarian meals, and providing vegetarian substitutes in the online store. The number of meat replacements available at Albert Heijn has already doubled to more than 300 items.
By reducing emissions in its own business activities (stores, distribution centers, and offices) by 92.3% from 2018, Albert Heijn has already made great progress. This was mostly brought on by the beginning of 2021 move to 100% Dutch wind energy. Contributions to climate projects with VCS certification are used to offset the leftover emissions from its own operations. As a result, Albert Heijn’s commercial activities are climate neutral.
By the middle of 2022, all significant own-brand suppliers had for the first time mapped out their whole carbon footprint, along with a plan and goals for reducing it. Additionally, Albert Heijn intends to reduce CO2 in the supply chains of companies that provide well-known brands. This helps achieve the goal of a 45% reduction by 2030.
Along with other environmentally friendly goods, Albert Heijn carries Perla coffee, which has been a part of the lineup for more than four years. And from the plantation to the store, all own-brand bananas have been climate neutral since the beginning of 2022.
By 2030, Albert Heijn hopes to cut food waste by 50%, which will also help to lower CO2 emissions. The recently launched AH Overblijvers (Albert Heijn Leftovers) and dynamic discount rates applied to all locations are two efforts that are already assisting Albert Heijn in meeting this goal.