METRO aims to improve its environmental performance in several ways. Our priorities: optimize the energy consumption of our buildings, manage our waste, enhance the energy efficiency of our merchandise transport and optimize our packaging and printed materials. Read our Environmental Policy (PDF).
METRO has been working on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions intensity for several years.
Our teams invest efforts in the sectors that are most critical for our company:
METRO reports its GHG emissions every year. In 2020, it submitted its 13th carbon footprint to CDP, an international organization that assembles a large database on the environmental performance of companies.
In 2019, we recorded a nearly 7% reduction in our GHG emissions intensity compared to the previous year.
Corporate and franchised stores – Québec and Ontario (2019)
2019 Intensity: 22,29 kg CO2 eq./sq. ft.
2018 Intensity: 23,88 kg CO2 eq./sq. ft.
2017 Intensity: 25,63 kg CO2 eq./sq. ft.
2016 Intensity: 25,31 kg CO2 eq./sq. ft.
2015 Intensity: 25,85 kg CO2 eq./sq. ft.
Since 2016, we have been reviewing our practices and equipment to optimize energy consumption in our stores.
More information on our energy efficiency measures for transport and the optimization of the energy consumption of our buildings is available in our 2020 Corporate Responsibility Report (PDF)
METRO aims for zero waste to landfill (90% diversion rate) for the corporate and franchised stores in Québec and Ontario enrolled in recovery programs.
The waste diversion rate represents the portion of waste that is not sent to landfills.
Over the next few years, we will continue to work in collaboration with our in-store teams to improve our performance and reach our full potential.
METRO is committed to reducing the food waste generated by its activities by half by 2025 compared to 2016 in an effort to tackle two major challenges for society:
Reduction at the source
We implemented measures to ensure products are sold and consumed by our customers rather than thrown out or donated. For example, we introduced discount programs for fresh and consumable products that are close to their expiry date.
Donation of unsold items
Through the One More Bite program, METRO provides unsold quality products to its partners: Food Banks of Québec, Second Harvest and Feed Ontario. Between 2016 and 2020, close to 14 million kilograms of food were recovered in our participating stores and redistributed to those in need.
Valorization of food residues
We make the most of recovery channels to give food residues a second life. For example, we send residues to processors (for animal feed and industrial uses) and industries that produce compost and biogas.
Since the early 2010s, we have launched a range of initiatives to optimize our packaging and printed materials and reduce their environmental footprint.
With the launch of our Packaging and Printed Materials Management Policy in 2019, we implemented measures to reduce the use of resources, limit product losses and generate less waste while contributing to the global movement to reduce single-use plastics.
Our Packaging and Printed Materials Management Policy is based on four principles:
Reduce at the source and avoid over-packaging
Reduce the mass or volume of packaging and printed materials
Use the right quantities of materials
Give preference to recycled materials
Use virgin materials from sustainable sources
Give preference to recyclable materials
Communicate instructions for recovery
In addition to these optimization principles, we apply a series of measures to support the implementation of the policy, including vigilance regarding materials and substances that are controversial or of concern.
We lean towards not using them in our packaging and printed materials, or seek to progressively phase them out as alternatives become available. With this in mind, by August 2021, all METRO food and drugstore banners will have completed the transition to bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS)-free cash register paper rolls.
In addition to applying the principles set out in the policy, METRO is committed to taking action on priority packaging and printed materials based on their environmental impacts and volumes.
We are focused on reducing the number of single-use plastic shopping bags, as well as overpackaging and single-use plastics in our food stores’ fresh sections.
The program to optimize the packaging of our private brand food products is driven by five elements: packaging weight and recyclability, the use of postconsumer material, communication of sorting instructions to consumers and support for suppliers.See the training module and the eco-design guide
Our efforts aim to reduce the amount of paper used in our flyers in our food and pharmacy banners, as well as temporary in-store promotional signage made of fibre.
We aim to eliminate single-use materials, such as plastic water bottles, as well as disposable straws, stir sticks, tableware and utensils in our cafeterias.