We have developed a Climate Strategy which aims to halve Group companies' CO2 emissions by 2020 - whether caused by locations, transport or mobility - compared to the 2006 base year. This is to be achieved as efficiently and economically as possible.
As an international retail group, with global sourcing markets and a product range of several million articles, around 60 % of the Group companies’ CO2 emissions are caused by the transportation of goods. Another significant source of CO2 emissions is energy consumption at company locations; around 36 % of total emissions are caused by the operation of offices, warehousing and logistics buildings as well as retail stores. Mobility, that is, operating company cars, the transport fleet and employees’ business travel, has a relatively low share of just under 4 % of total emissions.
While the Otto Group sets a clear reductions target, the Group companies implement the climate protection measures at a local level. The Group supports them in their operational implementation with measurement and control tools.
Besides activities at the Group's own 400 locations, measures to reduce CO2 emissions also encompass transport from sourcing countries directly to customers, as well as business travel and the use of company cars by the Group’s own employees.
To significantly reduce CO2 emissions at production facilities as well, in 2012 the Otto Group joined forces with seven other large German retail companies to launch the "Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative" (CPI2). The Initiative has developed an online management tool which allows factories to evaluate and control energy consumption in all company areas.