The Migros Group companies are steadily reducing their power consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Most of the companies have agreed binding targets for CO2 reduction and energy efficiency with the state and cantons.
Reduction of energy consumption & greenhouse gas emissions
In order to achieve their objectives, the Migros Group companies focus primarily on saving energy. The second most important measure is the expansion of renewable energies. In addition, the companies use refrigerants with no or only very little global warming potential in their cooling systems, a measure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions from refrigerants.
Promotion of renewable energy
Migros reduces its greenhouse gas emissions by improving energy efficiency; it also generates electricity using its own photovoltaic systems, and replaces fossil fuels with heat from renewable sources.
In 2017, Migros operated three supermarkets and specialist markets that produce more energy than they consume over the course of a year. These plus-energy branches, as they are known, are located in Zuzwil (SG), Pfungen (ZH) and Amriswil (TG). The concept is based on an intelligent combination of energy efficiency measures and the production of solar power by means of PV systems on the roofs.
In the reporting year, the newly opened Migros plus-energy branch at Aachtal, Amriswil (TG) received the PlusEnergieBau Diploma from the Swiss Solar Agency. The branch produces 39% more energy than it consumes over the course of a year. Cooperative Retailing is steadily transferring the concept of the plus-energy branch to more supermarkets and specialist markets.