The climate goals set by Ahold Delhaize align with the UN’s mandate to limit global warming to 1.5°C or less.
To do this, the company today agrees to an updated intermediate CO2 emissions reduction target of at least 37% by 2030 for its full value chain (scope 3).
By 2050, Ahold Delhaize still intends to achieve net-zero across the whole value chain.
The corporation is still committed to reaching net-zero operations (scope 1 and 2) by 2040, with a 50% reduction goal set for the interim period of 2030.
Netherlands, Zaandam, 29 November 2022 – The intermediate CO2 emissions reduction target for Ahold Delhaize’s whole value chain (scope 3) has been updated to at least 37% by 2030 and to become net-zero by 2050. The corporation is still committed to reaching net-zero operations (scope 1 and 2) by 2040, with a 50% reduction goal set for the interim period of 2030. Ahold Delhaize aspires to achieve the decarbonization of its whole value chain and ensures that all of its climate targets are in accordance with the UN’s ambition of keeping global warming below 1.5°C with this updated scope 3 interim target.
The revised interim target is in line with the Net-Zero Standard established by the Science Based Targets project. Ahold Delhaize is utilizing its most recent emission profile from 2020 as the baseline for its 37% 2030 reduction objective, updated from a baseline prior, in compliance with the advice made by the Science Based Targets project. In conjunction with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), the UN-led campaign “Race to Zero,” and other organizations, the company joined the Business Ambition for 1.5°C in November 2021. According to the Business Ambition agreements, the update from today is a part of the yearly reporting cycle on climate change.
Pathway for decarbonization
Scope 3 is the indirect CO2 emissions across our entire value chain, as opposed to scopes 1 and 2 which deal with the CO2 emissions of Ahold Delhaize’s own operations (which mostly include electricity, refrigeration systems, and owned and leased vehicles). This value chain is made up of thousands of producers, suppliers, and farmers that each day provide hundreds of thousands of items to millions of customers in the US and Europe.
As a collection of well-known supermarkets and retailers, Ahold Delhaize’s Jan Ernst de Groot says, “We want to offer customers sustainable and healthful products, while keeping shelf availability and cost top of mind. We have a responsibility to lead the transition to a more sustainable food system for present and future generations. We are proud of innovators like Albert Heijn who motivate other companies in the Ahold Delhaize group as well as the industry to advance sustainable performance in their market.
The increased intermediate aim is the end result of a thorough evaluation that began in November 2021 with the assistance of outside experts. According to this analysis, there are three primary factors that influence scope 3’s emission reductions: suppliers and farmers, low-carbon goods, and customer interaction.
Farmers and suppliers
Our suppliers’ defining their own emission reduction goals in accordance with the most recent scientific research and joining the Science Based Targets project is one of the important components of our decarbonization efforts. The improvement of animal farming, the sourcing of raw materials, the reduction of deforestation, processing, the reduction of food waste, packing, and transportation will be accelerated by these emission reduction pledges. Our brands may make a difference by encouraging farmers and suppliers to take specific environmental measures. They can accomplish this, for instance, by establishing lengthy contracts with farmers.
Ahold Delhaize’s brands continue to expand their plant-based protein product offerings, which encourages the creation of new assortments with lower embedded emissions as well as the improvement of current offerings. For instance, our local Dutch company Albert Heijn promised to reach a sales distribution of 60% plant-based and 40% animal-based protein by 2030. By the end of 2024, all of our brands in Europe have agreed to baseline their current protein ratio and set protein ratio goals.
A key component of our strategy is assisting consumers in understanding the effects of their purchasing decisions and in making selections that match their needs, preferences, and values. Increasing product transparency through navigational systems and product labeling, encouraging and rewarding more sustainable choices through loyalty programs and discounts, enhancing product assortments with more vegan and vegetarian options, and raising awareness and knowledge about a healthy lifestyle are some examples of this.
The Ahold Delhaize climate strategy has been modified as a result of this additional goal and is published on the company website.