To achieve our primary goal of reducing and preventing greenhouse gas emissions, we are taking extensive action: we invest around CHF 2 million per year in our climate protection projects and have drawn up clear internal guidelines to govern and reduce air freight.
These state that air freight is only permitted for reasons of quality or if time is of the essence. We then offset this minimized air freight in full. In addition, we have defined binding targets to reduce CO2 emissions from air freight, coop@home deliveries and business trips, together with WWF. We are therefore able to transport more and more goods from other countries by ship, lorry and rail instead of by plane, thanks to our faster logistics processes and more modern cooling technologies which have come about as part of our commitment to tackling climate change.
The costs of offsetting our minimized air freight are borne by our own Purchasing Business Unit. Since this is expensive, those responsible are striving to reduce the amount of air freight. In this way we have already reduced CO2 emissions from our air freight by around 13 percent compared to 2008, despite seeing sales growth over the same period. We label remaining air freight with By Air stickers.