Net zero emissions from own operations by 2030
The net zero target means that ICA is continuing its work to reduce emissions from transports, stores, pharmacies, offices and warehouses as much as possible. We are doing this at the same time that since 2020 we have been offsetting the emissions that remain in spite of our efforts. The goal over time is instead to balance all greenhouse gas emissions with measures that bind carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in accordance with the criteria established by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
ICA is working to define how much further its own emissions need to be reduced by 2030 as well as which balancing measures can be counted against the net zero target, in line with the net zero standard set by the Science Based Targets initiative (a partnership between CDP, the UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute and WWF launched in October 2021).*
Cut the climate impact of customers’ grocery purchases in half
ICA has long worked on developing services to make it easy for our customers to reduce their climate impact themselves, with a starting point in their meals, weekly planning and monthly grocery shopping that are within the limits of what the planet can tolerate.
Our climate-guided recipes indicate the recipe’s climate impact using leaf symbols. Recipes in the category with the smallest climate impact give rise to a maximum of 0.5 kg carbon dioxide equivalents (CO2e) per portion, which is in line with WWF’s guidelines for how we need to eat to achieve the global climate targets.
The services we offer our customers, together with our work to reduce the carbon footprint of products, are designed to contribute to our ambition to cut the climate impact of customers’ grocery purchases in half by 2030, compared with 2020.
Climate impact of our suppliers
To achieve the target to cut the carbon footprint of customers’ grocery purchases in half, every product on our shelves must also have a lower carbon footprint in 2030 than in 2020. Cooperation with our suppliers is therefore a central part of this work.
ICA has set a goal that our suppliers that have the largest climate impacts, and which today account for 70% of our upstream climate impact, shall have adopted science-based climate targets by 2025 at the latest. This means that they – just like us – are to work with emissions reductions at a pace that, based on science, is required to slow global warming. ICA is also working to reduce the climate impact of its assortment through the ICA Växa (“ICA Grow”) initiative, for example, as well as through efforts to sell a larger share of vegetarian dishes and fruits and vegetables.
*Read more about Science Based Targets at https://sciencebasedtargets.org/.