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20 August 2020

Commitment to tackling global warming: REWE Group reduces greenhouse gas emissions throughout its private-label supply chains

Green-Building from the inside

A 15% reduction across the REWE and PENNY value chains

According to the 2020 World Risk Report, climate change is the biggest threat to humanity – and the most significant challenge of our time. REWE Group is therefore resolutely pursuing its own climate-protection policy with its commitment to tackling global warming. REWE and PENNY have pledged to bring about a 15% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across their upstream value chains by the end of 2030, compared to 2019.


Hans-Jürgen Moog, REWE Group Divisional Director: “REWE Group has set itself ambitious climate targets for more than a decade. Reducing energy consumption and preventing damaging emissions are fundamental to our corporate strategy. We therefore now feel compelled to broaden our focus and, together with our suppliers, make a measurable and binding contribution to protecting the climate and natural resources by reducing the greenhouse gas emissions in our product supply chains. The 15% absolute reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 2019 is an exceptionally ambitious target, given that the level of reduction will considerably greater if our private labels experience the increase in turnover that is forecast over the next ten years.”

 

In this endeavour, the group is responding to the standards set out by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a partnership between the UN Global Compact (UNGC), the World Resources Institute (WRI) and WWF: by establishing  scientifically based climate targets in line with the outcomes of the Paris Agreement, it will be possible to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius by 2050.

 

In 2008, REWE Group became a pioneer in the field of energy management as the first food retailer to switch over to powering all its stores, administration sites, warehouses and travel agencies in Germany with certified green energy from renewable sources, such as water, wind and solar, and to access the corresponding energy management monitoring schemes. As a result, REWE Group is set to halve its greenhouse gas emissions per square metre of retail space by 2022, compared with 2006. According to current data, 49% of this climate target has already been achieved.

The cooperatively organised REWE Group is one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Germany and Europe. In 2019, the company generated a total external turnover of around 63 billion euros. Founded in 1927, the REWE Group has more than 360,000 employees and operates in 24 European countries.

 

Sales lines include REWE, REWE CENTER, BILLA, MERKUR and ADEG supermarkets and consumer stores, the discounter PENNY, BIPA health and beauty store and the toom Baumarkt DIY stores. In addition, the Group incorporates the REWE To Go convenience stores and e-commerce activities such as the REWE delivery service and Zooroyal.  The Lekkerland Group is the REWE Group business unit that is responsible for wholesales to convenience stores. Travel and tourism under the umbrella of DER Touristik Group includes the tour operators ITS, Jahn Reisen, Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen, ADAC Reisen, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, Apollo and Exim Tours, and more than 2,400 travel agencies (including DER Reisebüro, DERPART and partners), the hotel chains ITI Hotels, Club Calimera, COOEE, PrimaSol and Playitas Resort, and the direct tour operator, clevertours.com.