Our climate strategy

Back in 2008 we already began to reduce our annual emissions in directly influenceable areas as part of our CO2 vision. For instance, we reduced our greenhouse gas emissions between 2008 and 2020 by 36% as part of the CO2 vision.

With our climate strategy, we as the Coop Group are addressing the topic in a comprehensive and systematic way. We are committed to scientifically based climate targets and have confirmed this commitment to effective climate protection by signing the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Our target: to reduce direct CO2e emissions by a further 21% by 2026 in "Scope 1" and "Scope 2" – in accordance with the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Agreement. "Scope 1" comprises all greenhouse gas emissions caused by directly controlled sources owned by the company, such as trucks or heating. "Scope 2" comprises all indirect greenhouse gas emissions which are caused by the purchase of energy such as electricity or heat. Moreover we are about to tackle reducing emissions in our value chains, in "Scope 3". We calculate our entire footprint and derive specific emission reduction targets from it. In addition we work together with suppliers who are also committed to science-based climate targets. This is particularly relevant as in Scope 3 the main emissions component is in the upstream supply chains.

We rely on electricity from renewable energy sources: the electricity we use should be generated entirely from hydro, wind or solar energy. We are expanding the installation of photovoltaic systems on the roofs of our stores, production facilities and distribution centres. And we are continuing to reduce our electricity consumption through the systematic use of efficiency measures such as use of efficient lighting materials and electronic devices.

We consistently use renewable energies in heating for all new-builds and renovations. In our distribution centres and production facilities we are continuing to switch to renewable heating and we largely forgo fossil fuels in our rented properties.

In order to reduce emissions in upstream processes along our value chain in the long term, we are working together with strategically relevant suppliers who are committed to science-based climate targets. Along our supply chains we use projects to reduce CO2e emissions.

In the following areas we focus on responsible use of energy in order to implement our strategy:

Working with partners to protect the climate