The REWE Group needs natural water resources both at its own locations and in the production of products in the supply chain. Because water is a limited resource, steps must be taken to ensure its sustainable and economical use.
Three areas of action were defined in the pillars Energy, Climate and the Environment of the group-wide sustainability strategy: climate-relevant emissions, energy efficiency and conservation of resources. The latter are activities in relation to water consumption.
GRI 303: Water
The REWE Group wants to conserve and ensure efficient use of water resources.
The REWE Group uses water in its stores, at its production sites, warehouses and administration locations. Water saving activities reduce the already low consumption of fresh water, which is used mainly for cleaning and in sanitary areas.
A much bigger role is played by water withdrawal and disposal in the production of products. In this area the REWE Group conducts product-related projects in its supply chain (for more information, see Water).
The REWE Group uses water in its 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. Total water consumption fell by roughly 3 per cent from approximately 6.9 million cubic meters in 2020 to 6.7 million cubic metres in 2021. Over the same period, specific water consumption decreased by 4 per cent. This reduction can be attributed mainly to reduced water consumption of DER Touristik due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Water consumption of the REWE Group