Sustainable and climate-friendly solutions
Sustainability for Salling Group is a natural part of operating a solid, responsible business – and we are conscious of the responsibility that comes with the role of being Denmark's largest retail group.
This is why we want to take the lead by developing and promoting sustainable and climate-friendly solutions and initiatives – with a special focus on the fight against food waste, reduction of waste and plastic.
The fight against food waste
Food waste is a major challenge that puts a strain on the environment while being a significant expense for Salling Group. This is why this is a high-priority area and we are investing in solutions and initiatives to ensure that we reach our goal: a 50% reduction in food waste leading up to 2030.
We want plastic out of the environment
We are working hard to reduce the use of unnecessary plastic and to ensure that plastic ends up recycled or reused so it does not end up in the environment.
Energy consumption to be reduced
We have increased our focus on energy consumption in our stores and have set a goal to reduce energy consumption by 10% by 2020, compared to 2015.
In 2017, we focussed internally on how employee behaviour can help to reduce energy consumption by, for example, appointing 100 energy ambassadors in our føtex stores and Bilka hypermarkets. In the stores that were included in the campaign, we reduced consumption by 12.6%.
In addition, we have developed a solution for recovering heat from our chillers and freezers to heat our stores and distribute excess heat to external heating plants.
The transportation of goods represents a significant C02 impact on the environment that we are continually working to reduce. We do this by, for example, considering the consequences for the environment when we choose transport solutions and handling the major share of incoming transportation ourselves.
We also cooperate closely with the partners that handle our outbound transport. Here we want to ensure optimal transportation processes so the impact on the environment is minimised as much as possible. We cooperate on areas such as optimising the loading of trucks, better logistics solutions and incorporating more environmentally friendly driving routines.
We are working both to minimise the amount of waste on the one hand and ensure a high level of recycling or re-use of waste on the other. We have launched a number of initiatives in our stores that will contribute to achieving our 2018 goal: 90% of all waste to be recycled.
Our føtex supermarket and Bilka hypermarkets recycle the vast majority of their organic waste, which is converted into either biogas or fertiliser.
In Netto, we have established an automatic waste separation system that handles all combustible waste (with the exception of textiles and polystyrene), and we also have a setup for sorting plastic hangers and non-reused wooden pallets.