As one of Australia’s largest companies, we understand our responsibility to minimise our environmental footprint, as well as to mitigate the environmental and social impacts of climate change.
Coles Group has made the following commitments:
Note 1: At this point in time, Coles’ commitment refers only to Coles’ Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions.
Reducing our own greenhouse emissions is a key part of our climate change response. We will continue to invest in initiatives across renewable electricity, energy efficiency and alternative refrigerants.
We will continue building the resilience of our businesses, and supporting the community, against climate impacts. Whether it's getting stock through floods or working with emergency services and food rescue organisations to support communities devastated by bushfire.
In March 2021, Coles Group committed to being powered by 100% renewable electricity by the end of June 2025.
Coles was the first major Australian retailer to commit to buying renewable electricity through a power purchase agreement in 2019.
We have made significant progress this year towards our 100% renewable electricity target through onsite solar and large scale generation certificate (LGC) arrangements which match our consumption.
Coles has now committed to purchasing 100% of the renewable electricity required to meet its June 2025 target, once the agreements commence.
We're also installing solar power at many of our supermarkets. This helps reduce the stores’ environmental footprint and keep energy costs down. Installing solar power is part of Coles’ commitment to increase the amount of electricity we source from renewables.
We're reducing the environmental footprint of our stores by cutting back on energy used in refrigeration. We've installed night blinds on open refrigeration cases and have LED lighting in all supermarkets.
Where practicable, we are introducing other technologies to improve the energy efficiency of refrigeration systems: