Axfood conducts food retail and wholesale trade in Sweden. Retail business is conducted through the wholly owned Willys and Hemköp chains. The group owns 252 stores. In addition, Axfood collaborates with a large number of proprietor-run stores that are tied to Axfood through agreements.
10 March, 2011
Axfood aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own operations by 75% over the period 2009–2020. A further target is to improve energy efficiency by 30% over the same period.
How will the targets be achieved?
In the main, Axfood is achieving its goals by switching to renewable electricity. In 2013 a further step was taken and Axfood now buys electricity bearing the ‘Bra Miljöval’ (Good Environmental Choice) eco-label. Dagab, which takes care of Axfood’s transportation and warehouses, uses Evolution diesel which is made with 25% biofuel. It is hoped that the days when it can be made with 100% biofuel are not so far off. The expansion of detailed electricity measurement in the stores is in its final stages and the technology will now be used in further efficiency measures. The stores are also being modernised, an important element of which is switching to cooling systems that do not contain refrigerants that use greenhouse gases. Axfood is also focusing on its own business travel and is working to achieve more travel-free meetings such as video conferences and to replace air travel by rail journeys.
Åsa Domeij, Head of Environmental Affairs
We want to push the business sector in the direction that is needed in order to meet the climate targets and through this contribute to a long-term, sustainable society.
Head of Environmental Affairs