Commercial, GHG Emissions - November 30, 2022
Ahold Delhaize Ramps Up Plans for Scope 3 Emission Reductions
Ahold Delhaize announced interim plans to achieve a 37% reduction in emissions across its entire value chain by 2030 in the pursuit of its goal to become net zero by 2050.
The grocery chain previously committed to achieving net zero emissions in its own operations by 2040, with an interim goal to achieve a 50% Scope 1 and 2 emissions reduction by 2030. The new target for its Scope 3 emissions was established based on its 2020 emissions levels in line with the Science Based Targets initiative’s Net-Zero Standard.
Ahold Delhaize conducted a review that concluded the three ways it can drive Scope 3 emissions reductions are through suppliers and farmers, sourcing low-carbon products and supporting customers to make low-carbon consumer choices. The company plans to support suppliers and farmers in setting their own reduction targets through commitments to improving livestock farming, raw material sourcing, deforestation reduction, processing, food waste reduction, packaging and transport.
Ahold Delhaize brands will also continue to include more plant-based protein products in their offering. The Dutch local brand, Albert Heijn, has committed to have its sales split into 60% plant-based and 40% animal-based protein by 2030. All European brands are expected to baseline their current protein ratios and set new targets by the end of 2024.
“As a group of mainstream supermarkets and retailers, we want to provide customers with sustainable and healthy products, while keeping shelf availability and affordability top of mind,” Jan Ernst de Groot, Chief Sustainability Officer of Ahold Delhaize, said in a statement. “Our commitment is to future generations, to continue to play a leading role in the transition to a more sustainable food system. We are proud of frontrunners like Albert Heijn, who inspire other brands within the Ahold Delhaize group – and the sector - to take sustainability performance to the next level in their market.”