Conserving resources

As a retail and wholesale company we are reliant on the long-term availability of resources. They are components of our products and they drive our business in the form of energy. Along the supply chain there are 4 core areas in which our responsible handling of resources is directly or indirectly relevant: in the cultivation and manufacture of products, in logistics, in the management of our locations and in the disposal of waste. We also see the sustainable handling of resources as an economic opportunity. For that reason, we are committed to promoting the regenerative capability of resources, to deploying them efficiently, to discovering and tapping into alternatives and to thinking in process cycles. We also see major potential in the deployment of new technologies and the use of alternative energy sources and forms of energy generation.

Management Board of METRO AG

Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) (photo)

»Rapid increases in population, combined with a corresponding expansion of production and consumption patterns, are pushing our planet’s natural carrying capacity to its limits. An average of 10 tonnes of material is consumed globally per capita every year, global material consumption will nearly triple in the next 30 years and industrial activity already consumes one-third of the world’s total delivered energy. Additionally, the release of toxic substances into the air and water by industrial activity is causing heightened levels of pollution and climate-related catastrophes in many regions of the world. Seen in this light, it is imperative that economic growth be decoupled from both unsustainable resource usage and negative environmental impacts. Transformative partnerships between the public and private sectors are needed now more than ever to scale up and mainstream more sustainable modes of production into business operations worldwide.«

Kandeh K. YumkellaDirector-General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)