Sustainability targets

Description: Since 2020 all of ICA Gruppen’s emissions are carbon offset, making the operations climate neutral. By 2030 ICA Gruppen intends to have net zero climate emissions from its own operations. This means continuing to reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement to as close as to zero as possible, while gradually replacing carbon offsetting with balancing measures.

Outcome 2021: Greenhouse gas emissions in 2021 amounted to 78,791 tonnes, a decrease of 14% compared with the previous year. The largest decreases were in the areas of refrigerants and goods transport. Emissions continue to decrease, including in relation to sales, which is partly the result of improved operational efficiency. All emissions from operations in 2021 are carbon offset.

Description: By 2025, ICA Gruppen suppliers representing 70% of its upstream climate impact are to have adopted science-based climate targets. This means they are to work towards emissions reductions at the pace which, according to the science, is required to slow global warming.

Outcome 2021: By the end of 2021, 34% of ICA Gruppen’s suppliers had adopted science-based climate targets, an increase of 8 percentage points compared with 2020. During the year ICA had a dialogue with suppliers aimed at increasing the percentage of suppliers with climate targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

Description: ICA Gruppen’s ambition is to halve the climate impact of customers’ food purchases by 2030. To achieve that target, active steps are being taken to reduce the climate impact of the products that are sold. Among the ways this is being done is working with suppliers and developing an attractive plant-based product assortment. Comprehensive efforts are also being made to change habits and behaviours by engaging with and inspiring customers to make climate-smart choices.

Outcome 2021: In 2021 the climate impact of food being sold in ICA stores amounted to 1.78 kg CO2e/kg food sold. The base year for this target is 2020 and that year the climate impact was measured at 1.80 kg CO2e/kg food sold. The decrease in 2021 is primarily due to a shift towards lower sales of climate-intensive food items compared with the base year.

The outcome comprises ICA Sweden. Rimi Baltic outcome will be included when reliable climate data for the Baltic markets can be obtained.

Description: ICA Gruppen’s target is to cut food waste from warehouses and stores in both Sweden and the Baltic countries in half by 2025 compared with the base year 2016. Food waste is measured using an international standard created by the Food Loss & Waste Protocol (FLW Protocol).

Outcome: Since the base year 2016 ICA Gruppen’s food waste has decreased by 8%. The increase compared with 2020 may in part be due to improved data collection and new metrics, but the opening of a new customer fulfilment centre as well as increased fruit and vegetables waste in ICA Sweden are also factors. The latter is mainly due to an inaccurate forecast of melon sales. This had a significant impact on the figures as they are reported in kg. Food waste within Rimi Baltic decreased during the year.

Description: All of ICA Gruppen’s companies in Sweden have adopted a health strategy based on the ambition to make it easier to live a healthier life. There is a special focus on children and young people. The targets include increasing customer purchases of fruit and vegetables to consumption equivalent to 500 grams a day by 2025.

Outcome 2021: To estimate how much fruit and vegetables ICA’s customers in Sweden consume, a calculation is made based on sales data for the customers who are assumed to purchase most of their food at ICA. Due to the need to update the calculation model, reporting of this indicator has been paused for now and will resume once a new model is in place.