Slovenia joins the LEED Earth campaign with Lidl Logistic Centre

Velislava Petkova, CES Clean Energy Solutions GesmbH

Slovenia´s first LEED-certified project is the LEED Gold certified Lidl Logistic Centre in Zalec.


LEED Earth is a campaign that offers certification at no cost to the first project and first LEED v4 or v4.1 Platinum project to earn LEED in the countries where the rating system is still emerging. Through these projects’ leadership, they bring more sustainable and thoughtful construction to emerging markets.

And Lidl is no stranger to pioneering sustainable efforts. Part of the Schwarz retail group headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany, Lidl is one Europe’s leading food retailers. More than 10,800 Lidl stores and 160 distribution centres can be found across 32 countries worldwide. Lidl commits to being an “economically, socially and environmentally responsible company”, which has led them to achieve LEED certification at many stores and distribution centres, along with several other sustainability initiatives, such a partnership with Feeding America to reduce food waste and insecurity, and a commitment to sourcing products responsibly.

In Slovenia, Lidl continues to be a sustainability leader. More than 1,800 employees across 60 stores and the Zalec-based Logistic Centre carry out the store’s values each day. And under the consultation of CES Clean Energy Solutions GesmbH, and ELEA iC Engineering and Consulting, Lidl Logistic Centre achieved the first LEED certification in the country — highlighting their commitment to both environmental leadership, and the healthy and wellness of their employees.

“One of the key factors in making business decisions for LIDL Slovenia is our environmental responsibility. Therefore, we followed all current standards and sustainable construction principles as part of our design and construction strategy for the Arja vas Logistic Centre, and we are pleased that our efforts have been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council,” said Gregor Kosi, General Director of LIDL Slovenia. “Our Logistic Centre is recognized as the first LEED certified building in Slovenia and this is a great acknowledgement for us. At the same time, we hope that our efforts will not stand alone and other will follow soon.”

Through their LEED v4 Gold certification, the Logistic Centre also significantly improved their efficiency across the board, including more than 48% of energy cost savings. A major contributor to their energy savings came from the installation of a high-efficiency cascade refrigeration system, which uses 32% less energy on average. Additionally, a 1 MWp photovoltaic system produces 1,000MWh of carbon-free electricity per year, resulting in major carbon emission reductions – about 450 tCO2/a.

Lidl also dramatically improved their water efficiency, with savings of up to 45% through the use of low-flow sanitary and efficient water fixtures. An advanced metering system also ensures that water and energy operations will continue to operate at peak performance.

The employee experience was also a major focus for the Centre. Thanks to its centralized location near the city of Zalec, Lidl was able to reduce 60% of its parking footprint in favor of bicycle storage and facilities for employees’ alternative transit options. 40% of the property was preserved from construction to be used as open space, including a garden, apple orchard, and greenfield area that can be visited at any time.

As Lidl demonstrates, sustainability leadership can have manifold benefits — from cost savings through efficiency, to lower carbon emissions, to improved health and morale of employees, better buildings equal better lives.

LEED Earth offers projects in countries where LEED is still emerging a chance to become that pioneer. As USGBC works towards bringing the environmental and human health benefits of green buildings to all, LEED Earth recipients put that into practice across the world by building spaces that raise the quality of life for their occupants. Check to see if your own nation is eligible to get started today.


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