Stop Waste

Stop Waste

Preventing food waste

We do our best to provide our customers with top quality products and fighting against waste is currently a priority in the company’s CSR strategy. Carrefour promotes responsible shopping and pro-ecological behaviors in its stores, through special information dedicated to customers and placed in key areas.

The value of food donated by Carrefour Poland to non-governmental organizations in 2020 - PLN 1,678 million.

  • The company’s goal is to reduce food waste by 50% by 2025

    The company’s goal is to reduce food waste by 50% by 2025

  • The “Customer’s Trail” initiative aims to raise customers’ awareness on food waste issues.

    The “Customer’s Trail” initiative aims to raise customers’ awareness on food waste issues.

  • Over 20 years of cooperation with the Food Banks

    Over 20 years of cooperation with the Food Banks

  • A national agreement was signed with Caritas Polska in 2020 for organizing the donation of excess amounts of food products in hyper and supermarkets

    A national agreement was signed with Caritas Polska in 2020 for organizing the donation of excess amounts of food products in hyper and supermarkets

  • Regular food collections in stores with Caritas and Food Banks

    Regular food collections in stores with Caritas and Food Banks

  • Number of donated cars for the Polish Federation of Food Banks - 16

    Number of donated cars for the Polish Federation of Food Banks - 16

Waste management

The key principles developed at Carrefour for implementing and improving waste management are:

  • preventing waste production,
  • reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills,
  • reusing and recycling waste,
  • safe waste storage,
  • transferring waste to authorized and licensed organizations.

In the first three quarters of 2019, and as a result of the transfer of biowaste to compost sites, we reduced the amount of waste sent to landfills by over 2 453 tons. Our main goal is to recycle 100% of the waste of hyper and supermarkets by 2025.

For a good climate

The company committed itself to reduce CO2 emission
by 40% by 2025 and by 70% by 2050 (in comparison with 2010).

This goal will be achieved with, among others:

  • The use of energy-saving LED lighting

    The use of energy-saving LED lighting

  • The introduction of an eco-friendly cooling system which uses CO2 as a cooling medium

    The introduction of an eco-friendly cooling system which uses CO2 as a cooling medium

  • The installation of a ventilation and air-conditioning system respectful of the environment and using groundwater temperature.

    The installation of a ventilation and air-conditioning system respectful of the environment and using groundwater temperature.

  • The optimization of transport and truck loading

    The optimization of transport and truck loading

LED

LED

LED

Remodeled Carrefour stores have been equipped with energy-saving LED lighting that enables to save between 20 and 30% of electrical energy in comparison with the period before the modernization of lighting.

CO2

CO2

CO2

The introduction of an ecofriendly cooling system which uses CO2 as a cooling medium, enables to reduce on a monthly basis the energy used for cooling by 20 to 40%, in comparison with the period before the modernization.

Cooling system

Cooling system

Cooling system

The innovative solution Free Cooling and Heating uses the groundwater temperature to reduce or increase the temperature inside the building. The system FCH helps to reduce the use of electrical energy by up to nearly 40% in comparison with other traditional energies.

Transport

Transport

Transport

In order to optimize transport and reduce the number of empty transfers from warehouses to the headquarters, Carrefour Poland had introduced backhauling which currently represents between 20 and 30% of the company’s transport activity. Moreover, Carrefour Poland in maximizing the height of carriers with the introduction of pallet collars, managed to optimize the trailer load and consequently, reduce the distance covered. The Transport Management System enables as well to optimize the whole shipping process from the supplier to the store, by among others, using electronic seals to monitor the truck location.