Environment

We are committed to international climate summit goals regarding the mitigation of global warming. We promote the sustainable use of natural resources throughout our supply chains.

Topic

Objective

Progress in 2019

Renewable energy

We will purchase 100% renewable electricity in Finland. In 2019, we purchased 560 GWh of renewable electricity based on hydropower and bioenergy with Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin (REGOs) from the Nordic countries.
We will increase the production of solar power for our own use. In 2019, Kesko had 34 solar power plants installed at properties it manages. A total of 6.8 GWh of electricity was produced with solar power. At the end of 2019, the annual electricity production capacity of our solar power plants was approximately 10 GWh.

Energy efficiency in stores

During the agreement period 2017–2025: We commit ourselves to making energy saving measures with the amount equivalent to 7.5% of 2015 energy consumption amount. Up to this point, we have recorded energy saving measures of 51 GWh, which is 64% of the target for 2025. The calculation includes electricity, heating, fuels and district cooling.

Biodiversity

K Fishpaths collaboration with WWF Finland: We will remove at least 50 barriers preventing endangered migratory fish from swimming upstream and create at least 100 spawning grounds in Finland between 2017 and 2021. We will increase awareness of the endangered nature of migratory fish and arrange volunteer events. During the third season of the K Fishpaths collaboration, we built more than 60 gravel beds for spawning and opened 7 barriers, freeing as much as an additional 50 km of new spawning grounds and habitat formerly inaccessible to fish. A total of approximately 180 volunteers and 12 local K-retailers participated in the work organised at 7 locations. The trout were observed to have returned to the areas restored during previous seasons.

Science Based Targets

We commit to reduce our direct and indirect (Scope 1 and 2) emissions 18% by 2025 from base year 2015. Scope 1 and 2 emissions were 4% greater compared to the base year due to significant acquisitions in the past few years. Emissions decreased 7% from the previous year.
In addition, we are committed to reduce our supply chain emissions (Scope 3) so that 90% of Kesko's key suppliers will set their own GHG emissions reduction targets by 2025. Out of Kesko’s key suppliers of 2019, 39% had set their own emission reduction targets.

Logistics emissions

The target of Kesko Logistics during 2012–2020 is to reduce emissions relative to the net sales index by 10% from the 2011 base year. The relative emissions decreased by 24.6% from the level of the 2011 base year. In 2019, the relative emissions decreased by 9.4% from 2018.

Waste recovery

Our objective is to minimise and recover all waste from our operations.

The recovery rate for reported waste management in Finland was nearly 100% and in the other operating countries it was 69 % (includes hazardous waste treatment). The recovery rate of the waste
generated in stores participating in the Circular Economy Agreement was 100%

Food waste

K Group aims to minimise the food waste resulting from its operations and utilise the inevitably accumulated organic waste. In February 2019, we signed a commitment for materials efficiency in the food industry, and set an objective to reduce our identified food waste in proportion to sales by a minimum of 13% from the 2016 level by the end of 2020. Food waste decreased by 3% from the previous 2013 base level. Compared to 2018, K-food stores donated 4% more food to charity.
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