Our plan to reduce CO₂

By 2030, we want to reduce our relative greenhouse gas emissions by 40% compared to 2008. We are proud of what we have already achieved and remain committed to working together to make a positive difference. Find out the essence of our reduction plan, from analysis and reduction to capture.

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Published on 05/04/2022

1. Analyse

Every day, we work to minimise our impact on the climate, always with an eye on long-term results. To achieve this, we need to have a good overview of both our emissions and our approach.

We monitor our greenhouse gas emissions (such as CO2, methane and ozone) according to three scopes defined by the internationally recognised Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol.

Step 1: ANALYSIS - monitoring our CO2 emissions
Scope 1

The direct emissions caused by our own building-, transport- and production-related activities.

Scope 2

The indirect emissions released when generating the energy we purchase.

Scope 3

The indirect emissions that occur in the value chain, both at our suppliers and customers. 

Colruyt Group drew up a CO2 balance sheet for the first time in 2008. The CO2 reduction projects were launched in 2011-2015. Initially, we focused on greening our electricity and reducing emissions caused by cooling and mobilityheating was added later. 

We stick to our basic principles in this

  • Avoiding emissions
  • Reducing emissions
  • Finding solutions with the smallest climate impact

2. Reduce

The projects and initiatives of this reduction programme have allowed us to present some great results In recent years, our greenhouse gas emissions (scope 1 and 2) have dropped in both relative and absolute terms. We would like to continue this trend to further reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030 compared to the base year of 2008 and in relation to our turnover. In other words, we want to reduce CO₂ emissions per million euros by 40% compared to 2008.

Step 2 - REDUCTION - reducing our CO2 emissions

Evolution of our emissions

In 2012, we set ourselves an ambitious target: to reduce our direct greenhouse gas emissions by 20% by 2020 compared to 2008, in proportion to sales. At -31.4 %, we can say our mission has been more than a success.

Target 2030: -40% direct greenhouse gas emissions
Target 2020: -20% direct greenhouse gas emissions
Tonnes of CO₂ equivalent per million euros of turnover

Some of the things we did within our own operation and activities - scope 1 and 2

Cooling

Since 2017, our food stores have been switching to cooling systems using natural refrigerants such as propane. They have less impact on global warming than the conventional variant. The switch will be completed by 2030 and will result in a significant reduction in emissions.

For refrigerated transport, Colruyt, Bio-Planet and OKay have used climate-friendly Liquid Ice Containers (LIC) since 2017. These containers were developed by Colruyt. Most fresh product containers have already been replaced. As soon as the last frozen product containers have been replaced as well, we will undoubtedly further reduce our emissions significantly.

Our cooling systems with natural coolants instead of synthetic emit less greenhouse gases
By 2030 90 % of our stores will be low-energy stores

Heating

Many food stores are already using heat recovery. The residual heat from cooling is used as heating and often the step towards a fossil fuel-free store is made. Heat pumps will also further reduce emissions from heating.

Energy

Our electricity consumption is 100% renewable, green and Belgian. We generated this power using our own investments in producing green electricity.

Transport

We are fully committed to cleaner logistics. 20% of our lorries currently already runs on CNG. They emit over 10% less CO2 than diesel-powered lorries. At the same time, we are investing the possibilities of hydrogen and electricity as fuel. Our company cars increasingly run on greener fuels. We also invest in the necessary infrastructure such as charging points at the different sites.

More than 50 % of our company cars run on greener fuels.

Some of the things we did to help in the value chain - scope 3

We make considered choices with a view to emission reduction in the construction (materials) of the buildings and the transport of suppliers, customers and workers. Examples:

  • Store façade with a fully reusable click system;
  • Less lorry trips by switching to barge transport in Belgium;
  • More electric charging points at our store car parks;
  • Millions of less car kilometres by encouraging workers to cycle or commute to work.

With the Eco-score as lever and together with suppliers, we want to actively work towards lower CO2 emissions and a lower environmental footprint of the products in the stores.

Wall with click system The ClickBrick system allows walls to be built (elsewhere) again

3. Capture

In addition to reducing our emissions we will also remove the equivalent of our remaining emissions from the atmosphere through forest planting. By combining further emission reductions and capturing the remaining emissions, our group aims to achieve net zero emissions from 2030 onwards within scope 1 and 2 of the GHG Protocol.

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