Climate neutrality by 2040
By 2040, METRO will reduce specific greenhouse gas emissions per m² of sales and delivery area in its own global business operations to such an extent that the wholesale specialist will become climate neutral for the most part through its own efforts. To this end, METRO is driving forward an ambitious package of measures supported by investments in technology and innovation.
To become climate neutral, METRO is investing in:
- Energy efficiency and renewable energies
- Switching to natural refrigerants in cooling
- the phase-our of fossil heat
- the expansion of photovoltaic systems
- the electrification of the company car fleet
- Zero emission model in new store construction.
In 2019, METRO extended the climate target to the supply chain and became the first German retail company to set a recognized science-based target for itself. In doing so, METRO AG commited to reduce its Scope 1 and Scope 2 CO2 emissions by 60% per square meter of sales and delivery space by 2030 compared to 2011. Here, a 34.1% reduction has already been achieved between 2011 and the end of fiscal 2019/20. Our Scope 1 and Scope 2 targets are in line with the reductions required to keep global warming to well below 2°C by 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels.
METRO AG is also committed to reducing absolute Scope 3 CO2 emissions from the upstream supply chain by 15% by 2030 compared to 2018. In 2020, we therefore used the 'CDP Supply Chain Programme' to measure emissions and identify opportunities together with our suppliers regarding the reduction of our Scope 3 emissions.