20 August 2020

REWE Group reduces green­house gas emissions through­out its private-label supply chains

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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.

About REWE Group

The cooperatively organized REWE Group is one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Germany and Europe. In 2022, the company generated a total external turnover of 85 billion euros. Founded in 1927, REWE Group operates with around 380,000 employees in 21 European countries.

The sales lines include REWE, REWE CENTER and BILLA as well as BILLA PLUS and ADEG supermarkets and consumer stores, the discounter PENNY, IKI, the drugstores BIPA and the toom Baumarkt DIY stores. The company also operates convenience stores REWE To Go and the e-commerce activities REWE Lieferservice and Zooroyal. The Lekkerland Group comprises the wholesale activities of the business group in the area of on-the-go consumption.Travel and tourism under the umbrella of DER Touristik Group includes the tour operators DERTOUR, ITS, Meiers Weltreisen, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, ITS Coop Travel, Billa Reisen, Koning Aap, Exim Tours and Fischer as well as more than 2,300 travel agencies (e.g. DERTOUR, DERPART, Kuoni, Exim, Fischer and cooperation partners), the hotel brands Sentido, Aldiana, Calimera, Cooee, and the online travel portal Prijsvrij Vakanties.

Kristina Schütz
Spokesperson REWE Group

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