Greenhouse gas emissions in kg CO2 (CO2 equivalents) per m2 selling and delivery space


Greenhouse gas emissions in kg CO2 (CO2 equivalents) per m2 selling and delivery space – METRO (stacked bar)
Scope 1+2
Scope 3


Greenhouse gas emissions in kg CO2 (CO2 equivalents) per m2 selling and delivery space – Germany (single bar)

1 The information on “Germany” here includes METRO Cash & Carry Deutschland and R Express.

Definition: Greenhouse gas emissions from METRO’s stores, back offices and warehouses and FSD companies R Express and Pro à Pro France by selling space and space used for delivery operations. The key indicator does not cover the following METRO entities, partly due to data availability and changes in the scope of consolidation: Belgium, India, Pro a Pro Spain, Aviludo, Classic Fine Foods, JHB, Austria (AGM) and METRO MARKETS. Included within the climate protection are the emissions from:

  • Scope 1: fuel oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), refrigerant emissions from commercial cooling and air-conditioning as well as fuel consumption by company cars, fleet of our own logistics vehicles (FoV) and emergency power generators.
  • Scope 2: electricity, heating and cooling energy consumption
  • Scope 3: in-house paper consumption for advertising material and office purposes, business trips and upstream chain emissions and grid losses for all direct and indirect energy sources

Status: Compared to the base year 2011 CO2 emissions related to the climate protection target (Scope 1-3) have been reduced by 39.7% per m2 selling and delivery space.

Explanation: We aim to be climate-neutral by 2040 mainly through own investments. In reporting period 2021/22, we expanded our 2040 climate protection target to include emissions from our own logistics fleet (FoV). Due to this expansion, the methodology for determining the CO2 equivalents per m2 of selling and delivery space was adjusted and the key figures for the base year and the previous year’s values were corrected accordingly.

In the base year 2011 specific greenhouse gas emissions were 385 kg CO2/m2 of selling and delivery space.

The significant decline in emissions to 232 kg CO2/m2 of selling and delivery space in the reporting period 2022/23 compared with the reference year 2011 can essentially be attributed to measures to reduce consumption relating to energy, company cars, paper and business travel, and to reduce emissions caused by refrigerant loss, as well as investments in green electricity and digitization.

In addition to its climate protection target, in financial year 2018/19, METRO expanded its climate efforts to the supply chain and as the first German retailer set a recognised Science Based Target (SBTi) for itself. As part of the SBTi, METRO undertakes to reduce its Scope-1- and Scope-2-CO2 emissions by 60% per square metre selling and delivery area by 2030 compared to 2011. These SBTi Scope 1 and Scope 2 targets are consistent with the reductions required to keep global warming well below 2°C by 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels. In addition, as part of SBTi, METRO is committed to reducing absolute Scope 3 CO2 emissions (supply chain) by 15% by 2030 compared to 2018.