Transportation

ICA’s Swedish logistics operations have been environmentally certified to ISO 14001 since 1998. Maintaining the certification is an important seal of quality for the active work being done.

Emissions

ICA is continuing to streamline its infrastructure and distribution network in order to reduce the total distance travelled by vehicles. With careful scheduling and optimised loads, ICA can make its deliveries using fewer, more efficiently loaded lorries, which do less driving in total. ICA Sweden is continually taking over transportation for its suppliers. This has led to more efficient transport planning and reduced total carbon dioxide emissions in the community, since fewer lorries are on the road.

ICA Sweden currently does not own any lorries, while ICA Norway and Rimi Baltic have its own lorries and also leases lorries. Modern engine technology and alternative fuels reduce emissions, which ICA requires its haulage companies to verify. In Sweden, alternative fuels are blended with diesel and the lorries are equipped with tyres with low rolling resistance to reduce fuel consumption and environmental impact.

Fuel consumption is reduced by about 10% in 2013 compared to 2012. The largest decline occurred in Sweden and is the result of, among other things, the fact that all contracted haulage companies in Sweden report actual transport data, which was previously estimated based on distance travelled and average fuel consumption. This, togehter with improvements made by haulage companies such as increased eco-driving, resulted in a reduction of emissions from transportation in Sweden in 2013 compared with the previous year. 

During the year the logistics function within ICA Sweden was awarded the Pegasus Prize for environmental initiatives in the transport sector. ICA has been working actively for several years to find new, more environmentally-sound fuels for transport. A pilot project involving 12 vehicles has shown that methane diesel is currently the most sustainable alternative. From spring 2014 onwards the number of methane diesel vehicles transporting goods for ICA will be increased.

Business travel

The Swedish business travel by air, rail and road and the Norwegian business travel by air decreased during the year. Increased opportunities for telephone and video conferencing, as well as a long-term strive to reduce the environmental impact of business travel by ICA's employees has had a positive effect.

Since 2008 ICA has been using a carbon-offsetting programme for air travel by employees in Sweden and Norway when they book through the ICA’s main travel agency. In 2014 carbon offsetting will end and the Group will instead invest these sums of money in climate-related activities and projects that are more clearly linked to ICA’s direct climate impact or activities in which ICA is itself involved in driving development.

ICA will also continue to make efforts to reduce the environmental impact of business travel, such as by encouraging rail travel rather than air travel and providing good opportunities for using video and telephone conferencing. The number of telephone meetings in ICA Sweden and ICA Norway has decreased by 6% during the year. ICA has increased the number of video conferences by 10% compared to 2012.

ICA employees in Sweden have guidelines on choosing company cars and carmodels and emission levels are reveiwed and decided upon every year. ICA’s central leasing agreement for Swedish employees only comprises green cars.


Fuel consumption from goods transportation between warehouses and stores*, thousand litres

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics

  

*Fuel comsumption is related to diesel except for Sweden, where other fuels is included with 208,000 litres (2011), 471,000 litres (2012) and 870,000 litres (2013).
**94% of total fuel consumption from goods transportation is included in ICA's climate goal.
***92% of total fuel consumption from goods transportation is included in ICA's climate goal.

Business travel by air, thousand km

Sweden

  

Norway

  

Baltics*

  

*Data from the Baltics are not available.


Business travel by rail, thousand km

Sweden

  

Norway*

  

Baltics*

  

*Data from Norway and the Baltics are not available.

Business travel by car, thousand km

Sweden

  

Norway*

  

Baltics*

  

*Data from Norway and the Baltics are not available.