Sustainable operations

We need energy and natural resources to successfully operate our core business and to meet our customers’ needs. This deployment of resources increases our operating costs and has negative environmental impacts. As a result, we strive to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of our operations and our resource consumption. To this end, we focus on intelligent energy use and investments in order to increase our energy efficiency. Adopting targeted measures enables us to reduce both energy consumption and costs. In the course of financial year 2015/16, we invested €24.3 million within the framework of programmes such as METRO Cash & Carry’s Energy Saving Programme – in particular, to install LED and other energy-efficient lighting systems, as well as closed refrigeration units in the wholesale stores. This is expected to lead to savings of more than €6 million annually. We are also committed to responsible resource management, for example in the areas of logistics fleets, refrigerating agents and paper, and to sustainable building management.

Further key elements of our sustainable operations are the prevention of waste, the recycling of resources and their recovery by means of recycling. In particular, the reduction of food waste is of considerable importance to our METRO Cash & Carry and Real sales lines. Every food product that is not eaten but sorted out or thrown away represents in equal parts economic, social and environmental waste. For this reason, within the framework of the Consumer Goods Forum’s resolution on food waste, METRO GROUP has committed to reducing food waste in its retail operations by 50 per cent by 2025.

Status climate protection target

greenhouse gas emissions in kg CO₂ (CO₂ equivalent) per m² of selling space

Status climate protection target (bar chart)

Status of climate protection target

From October 2015 to September 2016, METRO GROUP generated 250 kilograms of CO2 equivalent per square metre of selling space. This figure is down from 265 kilograms in the previous year’s period. Our goal is to reduce these emissions to 165 kilograms by 2030. The significant decrease in emission levels compared with 2014/15 is primarily attributable to two factors: first, measures to reduce energy consumption and decrease coolant losses, and second, the general technical and scientific developments that are reflected in the emission factors for calculating CO2 consumption equivalents. In addition, changes in the store portfolio are having an impact. Our greenhouse gas emissions also decreased in absolute terms compared with the previous year. In the coming years, we intend to continue working to protect the environment and reducing our greenhouse gas emissions even further.



Status of goal achievement


Status of measures


METRO GROUP reduces its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent from 330 kg of CO2e/m2 in 2011 to 165 kg of CO2e/m2 in 2030.

In progress

Energy Saving Programme: investments to increase energy efficiency and renewable energies.

Energy Awareness Programme: strengthen awareness of responsible use of energy.

F-Gas Exit programme: investments to reduce the emissions of refrigeration equipment.

Measure ongoing