METRO invests in energy efficiency, conserves resources and avoids waste. This proves our commitment to protecting the climate and the environment as well as reducing costs and meeting legal requirements. Supporting our customers in doing the same, can save them a lot of time, effort and costs as well as triggering true leverage for change. Partnering with suppliers helps to implement efficiency measures along the supply chain.

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We are food experts with more than 55 years of experience, operating in 34 countries across the world, and employing around 98,000 people. Here we show you how we tackle climate change.

Climate protection and energy efficiency

METRO is reducing its climate-relevant emissions. Our aim is to bring about a 50% reduction in specific emissions of greenhouse gases per m² of sales and delivery area by 2030. The level of emissions in 2011 forms the baseline.

In 2019, METRO expanded the climate target to the supply chain and as the first German wholesale company set a recognised science-based target for itself. In it, METRO AG undertakes to reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions by 60% per square metre of selling and delivery space by 2030 compared to 2011. A reduction of 31.1% has been achieved in this area since 2011. Furthermore, METRO AG is committed to reducing absolute Scope 3 CO2 emissions (supply chain) by 15% by 2030 compared to 2018. Our goals for Scope 1 and Scope 2 are thus in line with the reductions required to keep global warming well below 2 °C by 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels.

To reach this target we invest in energy efficiency as well as alternative energy and use energy sparingly (Energy management and Energy Saving Programme), in addition we increase our employees' energy awareness (Energy Awareness Programme) and convert our cooling systems to natural refrigerants wherever possible (F-Gas-Exit programme). This commitment pays off by reducing costs, our energy demand as well as our carbon footprint. In 2020, we used the CDP Supply Chain Programme to measure emissions and identify opportunities together with our suppliers regarding our Scope 3 emissions.

More information about METRO's climate action can be found in our Non-financial Statement.

More information on METRO’s Climate protection target, our carbon footprint and our KPIs can be found here.

More information on METRO’s carbon footprint methodology can be found in the following PDF.

METRO conserves natural resources, for example in its use of refrigerants and paper, its facilities management, and the running of its logistics fleet. The METRO environmental guidelines form the basis for our actions.

The consumer goods sector consisting of manufacturers, transporters and distributors is one of the largest sectors of economic activity today. Present in our daily lives with household products and food, it represents about 60% of global greenhouse gas emissions across the whole value chain. This report showcases concrete examples of how the consumer goods sector is implementing low-carbon solutions. Solutions related to energy efficiency, renewable energy and technological innovation. In order to reduce their environmental footprint.

Water Policy

The METRO Water Policy outlines the overall strategy to protect water as a resource, the related METRO Water Action Plan puts the policy into implementation with actions including supply chain initiatives and detailed targets on water stewardship for our own operations.

Water protection target

In connection with the METRO Water Initiative, the goal was set to save 5% of water by 2025 compared to the base year 2016/17. In 2019, we were able to reduce the consumption in our METRO wholesale stores by 6% calculated per square metre of net operating area compared to the previous year. Since the greatest impact for water is also in the supply chain, we use the CDP Supply Chain Programme to recognise potential opportunities and risks with our suppliers at an early stage.

METRO wants to minimise waste - food and solid waste. It is important to us to think in life cycles and promote innovative manufacturing and recycling technologies. We advise our customers on how to dispose of products and packaging. This means raising awareness of conserving resources, providing information about avoiding waste, and incentivising and enabling correct disposal

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In September 2017, METRO AG joined the Electric Vehicle 100 (EV100) initiative with other international companies. The aim of this initiative is to promote electric mobility. The initiative was founded by the Climate Group, an international association of regions and companies committed to an active climate policy. By joining the EV100 initiative, METRO has committed itself to advancing the expansion of charging infrastructure, including the parking lots of local METRO stores. By end of fiscal year 19/20, 485 chargers were set up. The wholesale specialist also promotes electric mobility in its own fleet.