Today, Lidl Ireland announces its commitment to the introduction of electric vehicle charging points to all new Lidl stores and across all major store refurbishment projects. This announcement means that Lidl will provide the largest network of electric vehicle chargers in the Irish supermarket sector, enabling customers to charge their electric vehicles free of charge whilst they shop.
The move is part of Lidl’s Renewable Energy Programme and ‘A Better Tomorrow’ sustainability strategy. This latest sustainability initiative means Lidl will provide over 40 electric vehicle charging facilities in 20 stores across Ireland within the next 6 months.
Lidl has already installed, and trialled electric vehicle charging points at the Rathfarnham, Drogheda and Swords stores and will retrofit the technology to its stores in: Cabra; Tallaght; Glenageary; East Wall; Gorey; Wilton; Virginia; Magherafelt; Lurgan and Andersonstown across the coming months.
Electric vehicle charging points will also be installed at all locations where Lidl is currently building new store developments: Belgard Road, Tallaght; Fortunestown; Sligo; Nenagh; Childers Road, Limerick; Birr and Antrim.
Announcing the commitment to introduce electric vehicle charging points at Lidl stores across Ireland, Alan Barry, Director of Property and Central Services, Lidl Ireland, said: “At Lidl, we are delighted to be leading the way in environmental sustainability and are today committing to providing 40 electric vehicle charging points across 20 stores within the next 6 months. Business must act responsibly, and Lidl will lead the way by installing electric vehicle chargers in all new store builds and investing over €150,000 in our Electric Vehicle Charging Programme.
Electric vehicles are indispensable in addressing the major challenges of improving air quality and curbing the use of fossil fuels. With more and more customers shopping with us every week, we hope that the expansion of the network of public charge points will make electric vehicles more attractive to customers whilst further enhancing our customer experience. What’s great is they’re also free for our customers!
The electric vehicle charging point at our Drogheda store, for example, provides on average 100kms of free driving range per charge and is currently charging over 4000kms a week.”
Transport accounts for one third of Ireland’s energy requirement and energy related CO2 emissions with electric vehicles offering a more sustainable transport solution. The National climate-change-mitigation plan aims to increase the number of electric vehicles on Irish roads to 500,000 by 2030. The SEAI and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment expect sales will jump over the next few years, as more manufacturers introduce mass-market models.
Welcoming Lidl’s commitment to introduce electric vehicle chargers, Jim Gannon CEO, Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland, said: “With the vehicle and home charging grants available from SEAI it is becoming increasingly appealing for motorists to consider the switch to driving electric. SEAI welcomes Lidl’s commitment to supporting sustainable transport. The number of electric vehicles on Ireland’s roads are growing rapidly and, with this increase, all additions to the electric vehicle charging infrastructure are very welcome. While we recognise that the majority of charging may take place at home, initiatives such as this from Lidl will help to provide confidence in the charging network and ensure that there are sufficient charging locations available for a growing number of electric vehicle users.”
Note for editors:
- Lidl is a member of the Bord Bia Origin Green Programme. Origin Green is a sustainable Development programme, developed for the Irish food industry. To become a member of the programme, Lidl has committed to a five-year sustainable development plan with numerous targets that Lidl reports on each year.
- In 2017, Lidl achieved ISO5001 certification across all stores. Lidl has an ambitious strategy aimed at reducing carbon emissions, minimising energy consumption and improving sustainability. The ISO 50001 standard is a globally recognised energy management system developed to continually improve the energy performance of buildings, optimise their use and reduce their operating costs.
- Lidl’s new concept stores are built using a range of strategies to reduce environmental impact. These include:
- High performance glass fronted façade to maximise natural daylight entering the building
- Sensor controlled exterior sun blinds to reduce unwanted heat from the sun
- Waste heat recovery ventilation systems and LED lighting
- High insulation with external cladding
- Lighting sensors to conserve energy where it is not required
- Lidl also provides the Lidl office-based team with electric carpooling vehicles for business trips.