Reduced environmental impact

ICA Gruppen has a goal to reduce the Group’s direct greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2020 compared to 2006. A third of ICA’s total direct climate impact comes from operating warehouses and transportation. The remaining impact is mainly from the stores. Since 2006, ICA's direct greenhouse gas emissions have decreased by 18% (13%), mostly due to a long-term work with a number of actions in the areas of energy, refrigerants, transportation and business travel. Compared with 2012, ICA's direct greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 5% in 2013. During the year, the use of renewable electricity in the Swedish stores increased and ICA has implemented measures for energy-efficient operation of stores in all markets. For example by putting lids and doors on refrigerators and freezers. In the logistic operations, several measures have contributed to the reduced emissions, including all carriers in Sweden reporting factual transport data, which was previously calculated according to agreed standards. An increased number of transports in Sweden are carried out with trucks that use alternative fuels, which also contributes to reduced emissions. Transition to refrigerants with less climate impact in the Baltic countries has also contributed to the emissions reductions. 

Since 2012 Sweden has had a mandatory web-based environmental training programme for administrative staff and warehouse staff, which is an important part of improving knowledge levels among employees. At year-end 48% (38%) of employees in Sweden had undergone the training. In addition, around 4,600 (1,100) store employees at ICA Sweden also completed the training. The training is currently available in Swedish and English, but will be translated into other languages as well.

In Barkarbystaden in Sweden, ICA Real Estate has begun building a Maxi ICA Stormarknad store and around 13,000 m2 of space for other tenants. The project will be ICA’s most sustainable to date and is aiming for environmental classification by the Sweden Green Building Council. The ICA store will showcase good choices for the environment throughout its product range as well as modern solutions for energy consumption and waste management. The retail park is expected to be completed in spring 2014.

On 23 March ICA took part in Earth Hour, a global climate event at which people, government agencies and companies were encouraged to turn out the lights for an hour. In Sweden ICA turned off façade signage and office lighting to the extent that was possible while maintaining safety and operation.

Suppliers

Suppliers to ICA must work actively on their own internal environmental work, including an environmental policy, environmental goals and plans to reduce environmental impact from production and other activities. Suppliers must regularly monitor the environmental impact of their business. ICA ensures its requirements are met through agreements, follow-up and by recommending established systems of environmental certification.

ICA has begun a pilot project, “ICA Environmental Assessment”, with nine selected Chinese suppliers and factories. The basic idea is to reduce the environmental impact of the production of ICA’s corporate brand products and to obtain assurance that the suppliers are meeting ICA’s environmental requirements. By developing better assessment tools, ICA can help suppliers to improve their environmental work in areas such as energy consumption, waste management and water use, and create a starting point for measuring changes.

During the spring a day’s training in basic environmental knowledge was given to all the participating suppliers and factories. In the summer a two-day thorough environmental assessment of all the factories was carried out in order to establish the current situation and identify areas for improvement. No critical non-compliances were identified, but challenges exist within management systems, equipment maintenance and environmental training for employees.

At the end of the year a further training initiative was implemented with a view to spending three days giving the suppliers practical know-how for working on environmental matters in their respective factories. The next step will be to carry out another on-site environmental assessment at the factories at the end of 2014 in order to follow up the effects of the steps taken and ensure that improvement work has resulted in reduced environmental impact.


Total carbon dioxide emissions*, ICA, tonnes
  

*Excluding offset air travel emissions.

Distribution of carbon dioxide emissions*, ICA, %
  

 *Excluding offset air travel emissions.


Total carbon dioxide emissions according to GHG Protocol*, ICA, tonnes
  2013
Scope 1  
  Cooling agents  44,931
  Owned transports**  13,109
Scope 2  
  Energy  135,988
  Outsourced transports  81,210
Scope 3  
  Business  travel  1,576
*Excluding offset air travel emissions.
**0% Renewable fuels
Distribution of carbon dioxide emissions according to GHG Protocol*, ICA, %
  

*Excluding offset air travel emissions.


Carbon dioxide emissions from energy in stores, tonnes

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics

  

*The major part of the reduction of CO2 from energy in stores is attributable to the divestment of ICA Maxi in Norway.

Carbon dioxide emissions from goods transports between warehouses and stores, tonnes

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics

  

*94% of total emissions from goods transports in Sweden is included in ICA's climate target.
**92% of total emissions from goods transports in Sweden is included in ICA's climate target.


Carbon dioxide emissions from cooling agent consumption in warehouses and stores*, tonnes

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics

  

*Comprises only warehouses in Sweden and Norway.

Carbon dioxide emissions from energy in warehouses, tonnes

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics

  

*Since 2011 all warehouses in Norway have changed from renewable to conventional electricity due to strict savings requirements.


Carbon dioxide emissions from business travel by air, rail and car, tonnes

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics*

  

*Data from the Baltic countries are not available.