Fleet emissions reduced by 5,550 tonnes
Minimising environment and climate change impacts
We aim to minimise environmental and climate change impacts of our operations by reducing our use of energy and resources and by eliminating waste. We help our retail partners and their customers to minimise their impacts.
We work to minimise the use of energy in our operations and transport systems. We set annual targets to reduce GHG emissions from our buildings and vehicles through energy efficiency and reduction programmes and through the use of renewable and alternative energy sources.
Packaging and waste
We work to prevent waste at source and maximise recycling by sending zero recoverable waste to landfill. We collaborate with suppliers to optimise our own-brand packaging so that it is fit-for-purpose, but minimal from a materials and energy-inputs perspective and designed to help consumers reduce their waste.
We try to minimise food waste by designing our own-brand packaging to prevent product damage/loss and maximise shelf-life. We help shoppers to prevent food waste through guidance on portion control, correct storage and the use of leftover food. We are working to ensure that our promotional offers do not lead indirectly to food waste. When possible we divert suitable short-dated food to food charities.
We work to conserve water in our operations and in our supply chain. We work with suppliers, farmers and growers to continuously improve water management and reduce the water footprint of our supply chain. We campaign to encourage shoppers to save water.
Carbon footprint reduced
For many years our sustainability reporting has primarily focused on reducing and documenting work associated with our carbon footprint. This reflects our ambition to minimise the impact on the environment of our own business and those of our retail partners.
Over the past 10 years, our business has grown by almost 50% and at the same time our carbon footprint has reduced by more than 50% in absolute terms. Since 2010, all our facilities in Ireland have been supplied with 100% green electricity – we have also extended the supply agreement to make green power available to our retail partners and people.
*2011 purchase and integration of the former SuperQuinn business
Waste avoidance and minimisation are the preferred options when it comes to dealing with waste. For waste which cannot be avoided, we work hard to recycle as much waste as possible. In 2015 we managed to recycle 97% of the waste generated by our business, up from 63% since 2006. Importantly, our total waste continues to fall. Operational improvements have resulted in a reduction of over 30% since 2012.
Reducing fleet impacts
Our advanced route planning and scheduling systems help our delivery drivers avoid or reduce mileage whenever they can, while our backhaul process has also helped our suppliers to cut their mileage. So despite the growth of our business, our total annual fleet emissions have reduced by 5,550 tonnes since 2006.