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Environmental

RESPONSIBILITY

As a leading retailer, we are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and encouraging our suppliers and others to do so as well. Reducing our environmental footprint helps us manage environmental risk and achieve cost reductions.
 
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exploring circular systems 
 for organic waste

WAR ON WASTE

The need to address the challenge of organic waste produced in our stores has led to a multi-sector partnership and pilot project aimed at demonstrating how circular systems and organic principles can be harnessed to address a range of social and environmental challenges.

 
“DURING 2018 WE DIVERTED 10% OF OUR FOOD WASTE FROM LANDFILL. tHROUGH OUR PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVES, WE AIM TO INCREASE THIS LEVEL TO 20% BY 2020.
Roan Snyman, Pick n Pay Group Sustainability Manager
IMPROVING ENERGY 
 EFFICIENCY AND REDUCING 
 CARBON EMISSIONS

COMMITTING TO A LOW CARBON FUTURE

Pick n Pay has made the commitment to reduce our energy intensity by 50% by 2020. By working closely with Energy Partners and focussing our efforts on energy efficiency we have already managed to achieve 37% reduction. The next phase in our energy journey will be to maximize the amount of renewable energy that we produce and use. We have already completed solar installations at two distribution centres and three stores.

“Pick n Pay received a “B” rating in the 2017 CDP climate change programme, recognising our efforts to reduce our carbon emissions and thereby mitigating the impact we have on climate change.”
Andre Nel, Head of Sustainability Department

reducing packaging impacts

including as much recycled material as possible, without
affecting the integrity of the packaging.

Our efforts to reduce the amount of packaging that comes with products focus on our own brand products.

It can be challenging to reduce packaging without compromising the safety and quality of products, and to source affordable recyclable packaging that will not transfer the cost to our customer.

We provide a range of reusable bags to assist customers in using fewer plastic bags. The Township Group, a female-owned cooperative operating in the Western Cape that employs more than 70 women, has supplied Pick n Pay since 2009 with more than 600 000 reusable bags made from recycled plastic PET bottles.