Sustainable and climate friendly solutions
Climate change is a global problem that we cannot ignore. We recognise the risk it poses to society, and shoulder the obligation we have as regards managing our climate impact. Therefore, we want to lead the way by creating and promoting sustainable and climate friendly solutions and initiatives – with a special focus on fighting food waste, preventing plastic from ending up in nature and reducing waste in general to protect climate and the environment.
In Salling Group, we will empower our customers to make climate friendly choices, when they shop with us. First step is a strong and useful database, and therefore the Salling Foundations has given a donation to CONCITO, who is developing a climate database that will be accessible for everyone. They are cooperating with 2.0 LCA Consultants on the database, where different products and categories are ranked based on their climate impact.
Plastic should not end up in nature. Here, as Denmark’s largest retailer, we have a big responsibility – especially with packaging and carrier bags.
Read more about our plastic initiatives
Food waste represents a huge climate challenge, both in the stores and at home in customers’ fridges. One focus point for us has been the food that is wasted as a result of retailer operations, and we are continuously investing in solutions and initiatives to help us reach our goal: a 50% reduction of food waste leading up to 2030.
Read more about our food waste initiatives
Every day, millions of goods are sold in our stores, which makes us highly dependent on nationwide transportation of goods to allow us to refill our shelves as fast as possible. Of course, this represents a significant C02 impact on the environment but we are continually working on ways to reduce our carbon footprint. We always carefully consider the environmental burden of different types of transportation and handle a substantial share of incoming freight transport ourselves.
We do not have our own fleet of trucks to haul goods to our stores. Instead, we use the hauliers with whom we collaborate closely on ways to reduce the C02 impact for each pallet that is freighted. We do this by optimising the loading of trucks, improving our logistics, and incorporating driving routines that are better for the environment.
Every week, around 11 million customers visit our stores and restaurants, where 53,000 employees are ready to provide them with the best possible customer experience. The energy, water, and heat required to operate stores and restaurants have an impact on the climate and the environment – an impact that Salling Group has worked on minimizing, both in recent years and the future to come. Through targeted and ambitious energy management, including intensification of energy registration, better meters, and behavioural change among our staff, Salling Group has managed to reduce substantially our consumption of energy, water, and heat – even to an extent that has improved bottom line figures.