REWE Group Sustainability Report 2017

Water

GRI 303: WaterManagement Approach

REWE Group uses water in its stores, production sites, warehouses and administration locations. Water-saving equipment installed here reduces the company’s low level of fresh water usage even further.

A bigger role is played by water withdrawal and disposal in the production of products. In this area, REWE Group is active with product-related projects in its supply chain (for more information, see GRI 204: Procurement Practices).

GRI 303-1: Water withdrawal by source

REWE Group uses water in its approximately 15,300 stores, at its production sites, warehouses and administration locations. Almost all water used by the company is obtained from public waterworks – with the exception of the rainwater used by some Green Buildings. Absolute water usage rose from about 5.9 million cubic metres (m3) in 2015 to 6.3 million cubic metres in 2017. Among other things, the increase can be explained by the new companies that joined REWE Group, especially the Kuoni tourism provider and the establishment of the Supermärkte Nord Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG (SuNo). Specific water consumption changed very little year on year.

Water consumption of REWE Group

Unit 2015 2016 2017 Change
2015–2016
Change
2016–2017
Absolute water consumption 1.000 m³ 5,907 6,161 6,289 +4.3 % +2.1 %
Energy consumption per square metre of sales area (m³/m²) 0.54 0.56 0.55 +3.1 % -2.0 %

Scope: REScope: REWE Group, including partner retailers. Units that left REWE Group in 2017 were excluded: BILLA Croatia, IKI. The consumption data from Kuoni Travel Holding Ltd. have been included in the figures since September 2015 and those from the Kaiser’sTengelmann branches and the Supermärkte Nord Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG (SuNo) since 2017.

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GRI 302

Energy

GRI 305

Climate Protection

GRI 306

Waste

REW 1

Green Building