Sustainable energy for a sustainable future

Where energy comes from plays a major role. When energy is generated from fossil fuels, CO₂ is released, resulting in climate change. Generating green energy from renewable sources causes hardly any air pollution or CO₂ emissions and, on top of that, never runs out.

You can read exactly what we mean by energy in our definitions.

How does Colruyt Group deal with energy sustainably?

1 Less energy consumption

  • Through infrastructure and techniques: e.g. energy-saving renovations, heat recovery, heat pumps and low-energy shops.
  • We raise the awareness of our employees to tackle small losses linked to use and maintenance.
  • Through the products in our range: together with our suppliers, we look at how we can reduce the energy consumption in our value chains.

2 Opting for renewable energy

  • The energy we consume comes, when possible, from renewable sources. Our electricity consumption is 100% green electricity.
  • We produce our own green power from solar energy and invest in onshore and offshore wind energy through Virya Energy.
  • With DATS 24, we offer renewable energy and fuels - such as hydrogen and green electricity - for businesses and the general public.
  • Through the products in our range: together with our suppliers, we want to look at how we can reduce the energy consumption in our value chains.
  • By means of cooperatives and investments in renewable energy, we want to help increase social support for the sustainable energy transition.

3 Using energy smartly

  • Aligning energy production and the consumption: we shift our consumption where possible to times when the production of green electricity is high.
  • Smart grids: through smart grids we automatically control our installations based on the amount of energy available, energy prices, weather data, user variables and technical parameters.
  • Flexible energy consumption: we have mapped out which devices we can turn off, how often and for how long. Electrical charging is done at night where possible, as is the production of hydrogen and liquid ice.
  • Energy storage in hydrogen and batteries in case of overproduction of solar and wind energy. We are also committed to helping realise the social transition in this field. 

Our objectives and initiatives

Less energy consumption

By 2030, we will consume 20% less energy compared to the base year 2009 (relative to turnover).

Status 2021

13,5%
Goal 2030

Low-energy stores

By 2030, 90% of our Bio-Planet, Colruyt (Belgium), Cru, OKay, Dreambaby and Dreamland stores will be low-energy stores.

Status 2021

42,5%
Goal 2030

Initiatives about 'Prevention and reduction of energy consumption'

Green energy

By 2030, at least 60% of the energy we consume will come from renewable energy sources.

Status 2021

44,4%
Goal 2030

Own and local production

By 2030, 100% of the   renewable energy we consume will come from our own or local production units.

Status 2021

100,0%
Goal 2030

Alignment

By 2030, 100% of the   renewable energy we consume will come from our own or local production units.

Status 2021

78,5%
Goal 2030