Sustainability

Sustainability

Lidl DartfordThe proposed store will meet Lidl’s high sustainability standards which are intended to minimise environmental impact over the lifetime of the store.

  • The store and Lidl operation will achieve a BREEAM certification of Very Good.
  • The returning HGV transports waste and recyclable material to the nearest Regional Distribution Centre for processing. This ensures that the return journey is not a wasted trip.
  • Lidl constantly improve recycling levels. In 2009/10, Lidl recycled 80% of all waste generated from stores. This increased to 88% in 2011/12.
  • Store heating and lighting are controlled by a computerised Building Management System (BMS). This minimises energy consumption by adapting to external temperatures and lighting levels.
  • The chilled food cabinets incorporate night blinds which trap the chilled air and reduce energy consumption overnight.
  • In-store lighting utilises soft start fluorescent lights which minimise electricity consumption.
  • The Lidl store will be heated using a hot water system powered by a condensing boiler.
  • All lighting in the warehouse and staff welfare areas is controlled with motion sensors.
  • Carrier bags have to be purchased at the checkout encouraging customers to re-use bags and avoid wastage.
  • When the building is occupied by staff only (with no customers), the lighting system is powered down to only use one out of every three fluorescent tubes.
  • Shopping trolleys are coin operated reducing trolley theft/abandonment and encouraging customers to return trolleys to the collection point near the store entrance.
  • The car park lighting is switched off overnight, and is controlled by a Lux sensor during trading hours.