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

Progess in 2018

Plans for 2019

Renewable energy

We will purchase 100% renewable electricity in Finland. In 2018, we purchased 580 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. At the end of 2018, 27 solar power plants had been installed on the rooftops of commercial properties managed by Kesko. A total of 4.1 GWh of electricity was produced with solar power for own use in K-food stores. At the end of 2018, the annual electricity production capacity of our solar power plants was approximately 8 GWh. In spring 2019, four new solar power plants will be taken into use.

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, installed solar energy and the reported actions will allow annual energy savings of 28.7 GWh, which is 36% of the target for 2025. 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 second season of K Fishpaths collaboration, we concentrated especially on improving the spawning grounds and habitat for trout. We built more than 100 gravel grounds for spawning and opened 3 barriers, freeing as much as an additional 30 km of new spawning grounds and habitat formerly inaccessible to fish. A total of approximately 280 volunteers and 18 local K-retailers participated in the work organised at 8 locations. The trout were observed to have returned to the areas restored during the first season.  

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 increased by 12% from base year 2015, due to the acquisitions of Suomen Lähikauppa and Onninen in 2016. We aim to systematically reduce Scope 1 and 2 emissions.
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 2018, 30% had set their own emission reduction targets.  

Logistics emissions

We will reduce emissions of Kesko Logistics’ transportations relative to the net sales index by 10% from the 2011 base year by 2020. The relative emissions decreased by 16.8% from the level of 2011 base year. In 2018, the relative emissions decreased by 0.7% compared to 2017.  

Waste recovery

Our objective is to minimise and recover all waste from our operations. According to statistics, the recovery rate for waste management in Finland was nearly 100% and in the other operating countries it was 65% (includes hazardous waste treatment). The waste recovery rate for stores included in the circular economy agreement in Finland was 100%.  

Food waste

Our objective is to reduce K Group's identified food waste by 13% from the 2016 level by 2021. Food waste decreased by 7.3% from the previous 2013 base level. Compared to 2017, food waste at K-stores decreased by 3%. K-food stores donated 5% more food to charity compared to 2017. We signed in a commitment for materials efficiency in the food industry in February 2019. The objective of the companies participating in this commitment is to reduce the amount of food waste by 13% and to increase the recycling rate of waste to 78%.
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