Annual review 2020

Climate

Target for reducing emissions achieved – raising the bar going forward

The goal for 2020 has been achieved – but the big journey towards climate neutrality remains.

The companies within Axel Johnson strive to use resources efficiently and in a way that reduces the impact on the environment. Priority areas are to reduce energy consumption in stores, offices and warehouses and to reduce emissions from our transport. When it comes to transport, we reduce the environmental impact by streamlining in the form of improved route planning and fill rates, as well as through a gradual transition to a more diversified and greener vehicle fleet, among other things.

Group-wide climate goal

In 2018, Axel Johnson developed a group-wide climate goal. Axel Johnson uses the so-called GHG protocol to understand, quantify and report greenhouse gas emissions. The GHG protocol categorizes emissions into different areas. Axel Johnson chooses to include emissions from the entire Scope 1, which includes the combustion of fossil fuels for, for example, production in owned factories or emissions from owned or leased vehicles; the entire Scope 2, which includes consumption of electricity, district heating and cooling; and two parts of Scope 3 – business trips as well as incoming and outgoing transport.

Measurements show we reached our goal of a 25 percent reduction by 2020 (with 2016 as the base year). Explanations include more emission-efficient logistics and investments in energy efficiency in department stores and warehouses.

Another area, outside our CO measurement but where our companies have an impact, is using information and nudging our customers through gamification that enables them to make informed purchasing decisions. This includes Klubb Hemköp, which doubles its bonus on climate- and health-friendly products, and KICKS, which promotes environmentally friendly modes of transport by making them the default option. Looking to the future, we are convinced that we as a company should take increasing responsibility for also reporting on and reducing the climate impact of the products from other players sold within the framework of our business.

Data for electrification

During the fall, Axfood began a collaboration with Scania with the aim of developing new solutions for electrifying heavier transports. Scania will provide advice and services, and in the first stage, data will be collected to map routes in order to optimize vehicle planning, choice of routes and charging times for electric trucks. The first step in the collaboration involves the delivery of Scania’s new electric truck and new hybrid truck to Dagab. The operation and experience will serve as a guide to assess the conditions for the continued expansion of the electric vehicle fleet.

Solar growth & Sweden’s largest solar park

AxSol is Axel Johnson’s company group where growth harmonizes perfectly with a positive climate impact. This applies to an even greater extent in markets outside Sweden, such as Poland, where solar energy generally replaces energy types with a significantly worse climate profile. At the end of 2020, Martin & Servera and AxSol’s portfolio company Alight signed an agreement to construct Sweden’s largest solar park. When put into operation in spring 2022, it will cover more than 40 percent of Martin & Servera’s electricity consumption.