We invest in the adoption of responsible and proactive behaviour, with the aim of reducing the carbon footprint resulting from our activities.
We intend to reduce energy and
scarce goods consumption such as water and we opt for less
pollutant refrigeration gases since we believe that only an
efficient approach to natural resources may bring benefits to the
RATIONALISATION OF ENERGY AND WATER CONSUMPTION
Water and energy consumptions give
rise to the implementation of initiatives which aim to fight
climate change, as well to obtaining savings as result of greater
The "Water and Energy Consumption
Management Teams", a project started in Portugal in 2011, achieved
a reduction of these consumptions of 376,119 m3 and
16,564,720 kWh in these 5 years. This project, which is promoted
through monthly challenges and internal benchmarking, has obtained
an accumulated saving of over 2.4 million euros since its
In 2015, the Group cut back energy
and water consumptions by over 10% and 3.5%, respectively, for each
1,000 euros of sales when compared to 2014.
We invest in renewable energy
systems such as passive air conditioning systems through the soil,
solar collectors for water heating, lamp posts powered by
photovoltaic panels and tubular solar light transport system.
These systems enabled us to save
approximately 65,000 euros in 2015. This gain in efficiency made it
possible to avoid the emission of 610 tonnes of carbon into the
atmosphere, an improvement of 413 tonnes.
As our business's core activity is
Distribution, we want to reduce the environmental impacts
associated with the logistics processes throughout the entire value
chain, by minimising the consumption of raw materials and energy
resources, as well as by decreasing the amount of emissions and
In Portugal, 65% of the goods
transport vehicles comply with the Euro 5 requirements (197
vehicles) and Euro 6 requirements (18 vehicles). In Poland, 89% of
the goods transport vehicles comply with the Euro 5 requirements
(763 vehicles) and Euro 6 requirements (160 vehicles).
The backhauling programme consists
of routes optimization and load maximization by collecting empty
pallets on return trips from its stores as well as the Group's
suppliers in Portugal and in Poland.
This programme enabled the Group to
collect more than 518,000 pallets, thereby saving more than 4.2
million kilometres, the equivalent of around 3.6 thousand tonnes of
In the last 5 years, this programme
enabled a volume of 2.2 million pallets collected, resulting in a
saving of 30.7 million kilometres in trips and the emission of 28.9
thousand tonnes of CO2.
Effective management of
refrigeration gases is fundamental for minimising the release of
greenhouse gases and/or gases that deplete the ozone layer.
Investments in natural coolants have been made both in Portugal and
- In Poland, the 15 Distribution Centres (DC) have cooling
systems installed with thermal roll-containers with CO2
snow. In Portugal, the same system has been in operation in the
- Cooling technologies are installed which run exclusively on
CO2 (3 stores in Portugal and 2 DC in Poland);
- 5 DC (4 in Portugal and 1 in Poland), have refrigerated
warehouses (positive and/or negative cold) with systems running on
ammonia combined with glycol;
- 150 stores in Portugal have freezers that use only
- In Poland, the centralized refrigerator system for 700 stores
uses the R407f refrigerant gas, replacing the R404a gas. This
resulted in a reduction of over 50% in the Global Warming Potential
(GWP) and, therefore, causing less impact on the atmosphere;
- In Poland, three trucks use CO2 as a refrigerant gas
and R404a gas has been replaced by R452a gas (having a GWP almost
50% lower than the former) in 219 trucks.
In 2015, the Group's carbon
footprint was 1,100,906 equivalent tonnes of CO2,
showing an increase of 1.1% compared to 2014, which is mostly
explained by the Group's growth in the number of stores and
Distribution Centres. The specific value decreased from 0.086 to
0.081 equivalent tonnes of carbon for every thousand euros of
sales, representing a decrease of 5.8% when compared to 2014. This
value enables the fulfillment of the target for reducing this
indicator by 2% in the 2015-2017 three-year period.
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