Mitigation of climate change

Kesko's operations contribute to mitigating climate change and promote sustainable use of natural resources. Key methods include improving the efficiency of energy use and increasing waste recycling and recovery. We also aim to help our customers reduce their impact on the environment.

In the trading sector energy efficiency agreement, Kesko is committed to improving its annual energy consumption by 65 GWh by the end of 2016 through various actions. This amount corresponds to the annual energy consumption of more than 3,200 one-family houses.

By the end of 2015, Kesko had improved its energy consumption by 64 GWh and achieved 97% of its objective. More than 1,600 different energy-saving methods have been reported.

Energy efficient construction

When a new store site or shopping centre is being planned and built, the starting point is sustainable development and energy efficiency. In maintenance and repairs, the starting point is also lowering life-cycle costs. 

In order to indicate the high level of requirements, international environmental classification to be carried out by an external assessor is applied for the most significant store site projects.

Retail stores achieve significant energy savings with these energy efficient solutions:

  • Lids and doors on refrigeration equipment
  • Recovery of condensation heat
  • Refrigeration equipment that uses carbon dioxide
  • Adjustable and directional lighting
  • LED technology in neon signs
  • Increased use of LED lighting also inside the store.

Waste recovery

Reducing waste and wastage from stores and warehouses has a significant environmental impact. The objective is to direct all waste to recycling and energy recovery.

In 2015, the waste recovery rate in the grocery trade was 99%, in the home and speciality goods trade 99.4% and in the car trade 99.9%. The waste recovery rate of retail stores in the sphere of the waste management agreement in Southern Finland was around 98%. 

The environmental impact is also reduced by route planning and reverse transportation of deliveries. Transportation packaging returned to suppliers and recyclable materials are transported from stores and HoReCa customers in reverse transportation.

Environmentally friendly transportation solutions

Kesko’s logistics company Keslog Ltd aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from transportation by 10% by 2020.

Emissions are reduced by route planning for transportation, reverse transportation, two-tier trailers and training in economical driving style.

Read more in Kesko's Annual Report.

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