Albert Heijn, together with his partners, accelerates sustainable transportation to stores and customers. From the end of 2022, home deliveries of groceries and supplies to shops in the center of The Hague will use 100% of electricity.
Rotterdam, Utrecht and Amsterdam followed. For customers and locals alike, this means: quieter and cleaner transportation in their neighborhoods with the same convenience. In addition, Albert Heijn wants to switch completely to biofuels for all transportation by 2024.
Constantijn Ninck Blok, director of Logistics & Chains at Albert Heijn: “Demand for transportation is increasing, partly due to the popularity of home delivery. At the same time, we want to reduce CO2 emissions as quickly as possible. We see it as our responsibility to take a big step in this direction quickly. This can only be achieved through good cooperation and it is therefore remarkable that we are now doing this together with our transport partners in four major city centres. And we’re not done yet, our ambition continues: getting quieter, cleaner and of course focused on comfort, so that with adequate and always on time availability, for our customers.”
Power supply in inner cities
Albert Heijn and his transportation partners will increase the number of electric trucks and electric delivery cars in the coming period. Proper travel planning, charging times and locations will ensure that the supply and delivery of electricity is fully possible in the centers of the four major urban centers.
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The large-scale grutter focuses on the so-called initial zero emission zone. It will be introduced by Dutch cities from 2025 to improve air quality in the area. By 2030, only delivery cars and trucks that are completely emission-free will be allowed to drive there. Until truly emission-free shipping and storage is possible everywhere in the Netherlands, Albert Heijn will reduce CO2 by switching completely to renewable biofuels and diesel by 2024.
Albert Heijn is already using as much biofuel as possible to make today’s transportation as clean as possible. Since 2021, Albert Heijn has owned 240 trucks that use LNG fuel which is more environmentally friendly. The goal is to extend this to 270 by the end of 2022.
Albert Heijn also wants to make sustainable transportation as easy as possible for customers. In addition to the possibility to cycle or walk, the supermarket chain, together with Eneco eMobility, will install 240 charging stations in stores this year.
Supermarket chains want to ‘make better food accessible together. For everyone.’ Based on this mission, the company is taking more steps to make the world a better place. In our own business operations – stores, distribution centers, home and office delivery – emissions have been reduced significantly. In our own shop, CO2 emissions were reduced by 92.3% compared to 2018. This was mainly due to the switch to 100% Dutch wind energy in early 2021.
The remaining emissions in our own operations are compensated by contributing to a VCS certified climate project. This makes our own business operating climate neutral. Albert Heijn continues to work on further reductions, also in the chain with all suppliers and suppliers.