Transport, warehousing, stores

“Finding ways to use resources in a sustainable way, that’s my contribution to protecting the environment.”

MAREK KAPUSNIAK

MAKRO Cash & Carry, Rybnik (Poland)


One of us:

Name
MAREK KAPUSNIAK
Role
Transformation Manager
In
Rybnik (Poland)
Marek Kapusniak (photo)

As a Transformation Manager, MAREK KAPUSNIAK is involved in optimising the MAKRO Cash & Carry wholesale stores in Poland and adapting them to customers’ needs. Making sustainable improvements is also the idea behind the METRO Cash & Carry “Energy Saver of the Year” competition, which rewards suggestions for how to reduce power and water consumption. Marek Kapusniak entered without hesitation. He won bronze for his idea of fitting aerators to taps. These small nozzles regulate the flow of water, helping to reduce the amount which is used.

  • Simple idea – major impact. Thanks to Marek Kapusniak, all taps in the MAKRO Cash & Carry wholesale store have been fitted with aerators, a difference that is readily apparent on the water meter. (photo)

    Simple idea – major impact. Thanks to Marek Kapusniak, all taps in the MAKRO Cash & Carry wholesale store have been fitted with aerators, a difference that is readily apparent on the water meter.

  • Simple idea – major impact. Thanks to Marek Kapusniak, all taps in the MAKRO Cash & Carry wholesale store have been fitted with aerators, a difference that is readily apparent on the water meter. (photo)
  • Simple idea – major impact. Thanks to Marek Kapusniak, all taps in the MAKRO Cash & Carry wholesale store have been fitted with aerators, a difference that is readily apparent on the water meter. (photo)
  • Simple idea – major impact. Thanks to Marek Kapusniak, all taps in the MAKRO Cash & Carry wholesale store have been fitted with aerators, a difference that is readily apparent on the water meter. (photo)

METRO GROUPTransport, warehousing, stores

As a retail company, our aim is to provide products and services for our customers in our stores and outlets – at the right time and in the volume and quality they require. The resources needed to transport, store and refrigerate products properly and to operate our stores and back offices include energy – electricity, gas, oil and district heating – as well as refrigerants, fuel and water. This use of resources generates operating costs and has a negative impact on the environment.

By taking a responsible approach to resources, we can directly influence the cost of our business activities and make an immediate contribution to protecting the climate and the environment. With this in mind, we are constantly working to improve our use of resources, our behaviour and our internal processes to make them more efficient.

In order to transport and store goods in a sustainable way, we are constantly working on further shortening the distance between manufacturers or agricultural growers and our stores – this applies to all of our sales lines. This means sourcing more products locally, focusing on procuring products via International Trading Offices, and pooling goods at central warehouses and logistics platforms, for instance. As well as this, we select vehicles with low fuel consumption and pollutant emissions for our own transport fleets, and train our employees in environmentally friendly driving. We also design our packaging to be as space-saving as possible and optimise the loading of transport vehicles.

Several different factors determine the consumption of resources such as energy, refrigerants and water at our stores, outlets and head offices. These include the composition of our product ranges – particularly the proportion of fresh and ultra-fresh products – as well as opening times and the design, size and operation of our stores. We are implementing a number of different measures at our sales lines to reduce our use of resources and cut climate-relevant emissions from our commercial operations. Above all, these are geared towards optimising the operation of our stores and lowering our energy requirements – by increasing efficiency and promoting awareness of responsible energy usage.

METRO GROUP’s Climate Protection Target

With regard to transport, warehousing and stores, our overriding aim is to bring about a 20 per cent reduction in METRO GROUP’s specific greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared with the 2011 figure. In concrete terms, this means that we want to cut our emissions per square metre of selling space from 330 kilograms of CO2 equivalents to 264 kilograms per annum.

From October 2013 to September 2014, METRO GROUP generated 273 kilograms of CO2 equivalents per square metre of selling space. This means that our group-wide emissions fell by some 28 kilograms of CO2 per square metre of selling space compared with the corresponding prior-year period. As a result, we are very close to reaching our target of 264 kilograms of CO2 per square metre. The marked decrease in emissions compared with the reference year 2011 can be essentially attributed to three reasons: a 6.5 per cent reduction was due to measures for lowering consumption with respect to energy, company cars, paper, business travel and emissions from refrigerant losses. Through the sale of locations in Eastern Europe and Turkey, which were in general very emission-intensive, it was possible to reduce emissions by a further 6.6 per cent. Another 4 per cent reduction can be attributed to general technical and scientific advancements reflected in the emission factors for calculating the CO2 equivalent of consumption.

More information and further key performance indicators relating to our carbon footprint can be found online under Key performance indicators: Transport, warehousing, stores.

Status – climate protection target1
Greenhouse gas emissions in kg of CO2
(CO2 equivalents) per m² of selling space

METRO GROUP

Status of climate protection target – Greenhouse gas emissions in kg CO2 (CO2 equivalents) per m2 selling space – METRO GROUP (bar chart)

1 Unlike in previous years, portfolio adjustments will no longer be made for environmental key performance indicators as of this reporting period (Real sales in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Turkey in 2012 and 2013). This means that the prior-year data and the figures for the reference year 2011 differ from those cited in previous years. There are also deviations from emission levels stated in earlier reports; this is due to emission factors being updated and estimates corrected. Particularly in the case of emissions from refrigerants, this gives rise to a slight change in figures all the way back to the reference year 2011.

* Value adjusted: Unlike in previous years, portfolio adjustments will no longer be made for environmental key performance indicators as of this reporting period (Real sales in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Turkey in 2012 and 2013). This means that the prior-year data and the figures for the reference year 2011 differ from those cited in previous years. There are also deviations from emission levels stated in earlier reports; this is due to emission factors being updated and estimates corrected. Particularly in the case of emissions from refrigerants, this gives rise to a slight change in figures all the way back to the reference year 2011.

Topic

Objectives

Status – goal achievement

Measures

Status – measures

CLIMATE PROTECTION/RESOURCE­MANAGEMENT

METRO GROUP is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent, from 330 kg/m2 in 2011 to 264 kg/m2 in 2020.

Continuation of the Energy Saving/Energy Awareness Programme.

Further measures cover the use of natural refrigerants, the adoption of a company car guideline with defined limits for CO2 emissions and steps to use paper efficiently.

METRO GROUP is reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by its electricity consumption by 21 per cent between 2011 and 2020.

METRO GROUP is reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by its heating energy consumption by 10 per cent between 2011 and 2020.

METRO GROUP is reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by its refrigerants by 29 per cent between 2011 and 2020.

METRO GROUP is reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by its company cars by 10 per cent between 2011 and 2020.

METRO GROUP is reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by its use of paper by 11 per cent between 2011 and 2020.