Dutch food retailer Ahold Delhaize has updated its carbon emissions reduction target for its entire value chain.

The retailer aims to reduce its carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions by at least 37% across its entire value chain by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Ahold Delhaize is keeping its commitment to reaching net-zero by 2040 unchanged for its own operations. It has also set an interim target of a 50% reduction by 2030.

The retailer said that the updated interim target is intended to decarbonise its entire value chain.

It will make all its climate targets in line with the UN’s goal of keeping global warming below 1.5°C.

In addition, the updated interim target is in line with the Science Based Targets initiative’s Net-Zero Standard.

Ahold Delhaize chief sustainability officer Jan Ernst de Groot said: “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.

“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.”

Ahold Delhaize’s Scope I and II targets concern CO₂ emissions across its own operations, which include energy, refrigeration systems and both owned and leased transport.

The company’s Scope III targets address indirect CO₂ emissions across its entire value chain.

In August this year, Ahold Delhaize reported a 6.4% growth in net sales to €21.4bn ($22.2bn) for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 (FY22).

The company’s net sales for the quarter rose by 7.7% in the US and 4.2% in Europe at constant currency rates.