Environment and Sustainability
We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and working with our people, suppliers and customers to identify areas for continuous improvement.
We report annually against a number of compulsory and voluntary programs, including but not limited to:
- Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI)
- Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
- National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (NGERS)
- Australian Packaging Covenant (APC)
Energy and emissions
Our energy savings initiatives have delivered a 22 percent average reduction in emissions at our Distribution Centres. Energy usage at our Distribution Centres accounts for the majority of Metcash’s emissions profile.
Energy reduction is an ongoing priority for us, and we are optimistic that further opportunities will arise through the use of more energy efficient technologies that are currently under review.
Waste and packaging
Waste and its diversion to recycling is an important area of focus for our business. We are committed to the Australian Packaging Covenant and continue to work closely with our partner suppliers to reduce product packaging and promote recyclability.
The majority of our waste being generated from our operations arises from perishable items that are unfit for consumption or donation to our partner, Foodbank.
Our programs to increase the amount of material that is recycled are delivering good results. During the FY17 year we diverted 22 percent of waste from landfill.
We are committed to improving our performance in these areas, and further opportunities are being developed.