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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Climate Protection by METRO

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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 target

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. In line with best practice, we are aiming to work on obtaining SBTi valudation for our 2040 climate neutrality target in the future.

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.


Greenhouse gas emissions in kg CO2 METRO

Scope 1 & 2
Scope 3


Greenhouse gas emissions in kg CO2 Germany


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.

Environmental guideline

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.

Report on Low-Carbon Solutions in the Consumer Goods Sector

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 protection

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.

CDP Water

With regards to CDP reportings, METRO is also participating and rated in the areas of water protection. In the case of water, METRO was able to maintain a B rating in 2021. You can access our 2021 CDP Water submission under the download link.

Reduce waste

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

Amount of waste and recycling rate
(in kg per m2 of selling and delivery space and in %)



Amount of waste
Recycling rate


Waste Germany

Amount of waste
Recycling rate

The graphic shows the amount of waste generated in relation to the space used for sales and delivery operations. The recycling rate is calculated as the amount of waste destined for recycling, heat recovery and composting in relation to the amount of total waste. The volume of waste in absolute terms, 218,579 t, marks a reduction from the previous year. This can be broken down as follows:

  • Waste for composting (9,246 t)
  • Waste for heat recovery (11,035 t)
  • Waste for landfill (43,273 t)
  • Waste for recycling (118,169 t)
  • Waste for special waste treatment, such as hazardous waste (11,338 t)
  • Waste for unknown disposal (4,549 t)

When we calculate the recycling rate, we do not take hazardous waste into account because we cannot systematically record the way in which it is treated (recycled or disposed of) in all of the countries in which we operate. However, based on information from several countries, most of the hazardous waste is also recycled. In reality, the recycling rate is therefore higher.

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EV commitment

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.