Moving Boundaries

This is What METRO is Doing to Reduce the CO2 Footprint

METRO takes the issue of sustainability very seriously: The company wants to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations by 60% by 2030 compared to 2011 figures. But what are the specific measures?

From refrigerant emissions and high energy requirements to long supply chains, the activities of the food industry are associated with large CO2 emissions. As one of the pioneers in the industry, METRO is doing its part to change this fact. A clear goal has been set as part of the SBTi. In addition to the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the supply chain by 15% by 2030 compared to 2018, the following specific measures are being implemented: use of climate-friendly refrigerants, electricity from renewable sources and transition to more electromobility, to name but a few.

It is very easy for anyone to quickly claim they are becoming more climate-friendly. But how is the implementation of these goals monitored? In 2019, METRO voluntarily had its targets validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 60% and 15% respectively by 2030. SBTi is an initiative that supports companies in the transition to a low-emission economy and reviews the scientific basis of the set targets. Partners of the initiative include the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the We Mean Business Coalition.

METRO heads towards a well below 2°C climate target.

What is METRO specifically doing to reduce the CO2 footprint? This illustration speaks for itself:

Measures to reduce our CO2footprint

With the submitted commitments in categories 1 and 2 METRO is working towards a "well below 2°C" climate target. The 60% relate to scope 1 and 2 (see press release)


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