Environmental protection

PRINCIPLE 7: Precautionary approach to environmental challenges

PRINCIPLE 8: Promotion of greater environmental responsibility

PRINCIPLE 9: Environmentally friendly technologies

Commitments and management systems


Measures 2017/18


Achievements 2017/18

METRO environment guidelines

Energy management systems in accordance with ISO 50001

METRO climate protection target: reducing greenhouse gas emissions per m2 of selling and delivery space by 50% from 374 kg CO2e/m2 in 2011 to 187 kg CO2e/m2 in 2030

Buying policy for sustainable sourcing, also specific purchasing guidelines on fish, palm oil, paper, wood and packaging

International standards along the supply chain (GlobalG.A.P., IFS)

The Consumer Goods Forum’s Resolution on Deforestation

The Consumer Goods Forum’s Resolution on Sustainable Refrigeration

The Consumer Goods Forum’s Resolution on Food Waste

Membership in the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO)

Membership in the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)

Signing of the Tuna 2020 Traceability Declaration

Membership in the Round Table on Responsible Soy (RTRS)

Signing of the Statement of Support for the Cerrado Manifesto

Company car guideline with incentive system for more fuel-efficient vehicles

Commitment to provide 1,000 charging stations for electric vehicles by 2030 within the scope of EV100 (joint commitment to electric vehicles), organised by The Climate Group

Voluntary commitment on disposable plastics


Measures for behavioural change (Energy Awareness Programme), investment in energy efficiency and renewable energies (Energy-Saving Programme), changeover of refrigeration systems to natural refrigerants (F-Gas Exit Programme)

Recertification and annual check of energy management systems in accordance with ISO 50001

Implementing the general buying policy for sustainable procurement and the specific buying guidelines for fish, palm oil, wood, paper and packaging

Range of ecologically and socially certified products

Voluntary commitment to reporting on projects and their aims, measures and KPIs concerning circular economy by 2018 in the context of the Retailers’ Environmental Action Programme (REAP), which is jointly sponsored by the European Commission and European retailers and associations

The objective of the at the group level superordinated working group ‘Waste Management’ with it member countries from FR|CN|PK|RO|PL|UA|TR is to further optimise waste management in METRO Wholesale countries in the area of stores, and to increase efficiency in the interest of a closed circular economy as a means of saving costs; topics of focus are:

  • Offering customers collection points
  • Increasing food donations
  • Promoting employee awareness and involvement
  • Promoting exchange on best practices

In the framework of a comprehensive plastics initiative, METRO has committed itself to replacing conventional disposable plastics with reusable, recyclable or compostable alternatives by 2025 and promoting the transition to a closed circular plastics economy. In company canteens, multiway systems are to replace existing one-way solutions by 2019.

Formulation of the METRO Sustainable Value Creation Model, an accounting of sustainability for financial year 2016/17 for the monetary representation of the economic, ecological and social effects of the business activity of METRO Wholesale along the value chain

Transparent public reporting on climate change and water via the CDP climate change programme and the CDP water programme


Greenhouse gas emissions per m2 of selling and delivery space reduced by 26% compared to 2011

Electricity consumption per m2 of selling and delivery space reduced by almost 22% compared to 2011

Greenhouse gas emissions from refrigerant losses per m2 of selling and delivery space reduced by 36% compared to 2011

Water consumption per m2 of selling and delivery space increased by 2% compared with 2011, compared to the previous year reduced by 5%

Energy management systems in accordance with ISO 50001 at all locations in Germany and nearly all locations in France.

BREEAM certification for METRO headquarter in Düsseldorf

Additional transcritical refrigeration systems started up, including in Bulgaria, Russia and China

Third green store opened in China, with significantly reduced energy demand

Further photovoltaic systems installed, expanding total capacity to more than 19,000 kWp, with newest systems in China, Germany, Pakistan, India and Japan

Measures for heat recovery in a number of markets

Review and, where appropriate, reworking of the packaging of 10,949 own-brand products concerning environmental impact

With the implementation of a digital platform developed by our partner Whole Surplus, METRO Turkey now has a basis for systematically managing food waste in its own business operations and reducing food loss.

Charging point infrastructure for electromobility expanded to more than 200 charging points at METRO Wholesale

Implementation of an industry-wide traceability system as a precautionary measure relating to illegal fishing in various countries, and expansion to include new partners, countries and product groups

Products certified in accordance with the EU regulation on organic farming accounted for approximately €146 million in sales within the METRO Wholesale and Real sales lines in Germany.

In Germany, METRO Wholesale and Real generated sales of over €115 million with products caught using sustainable fishing practices and aquaculture. These are products bearing the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and EU organic logos or are certified in accordance to GlobalG.A.P.. Real generated sales of more than €394 million with regional products in the last financial year. Sales of products bearing the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) label or the label of the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) amounted to approx. €42 million.