In 2023, the projection is to increase its capacity for renewable energy generation at 240 stores and at new logistics centres and Hives.
A Mercadona store with solar panels saves approximately 20% of its annual energy consumption compared with a store without photovoltaic energy installed, which entails a reduction of approximately 30 tonnes of CO2 per supermarket.
After investing over 14 million euros in 2022 in the installation of new solar panels, reducing emissions of over 3,000 tonnes of CO2.
In collaboration with Disfrimur and Acotral, tests are starting in Murcia and Madrid with these 33-pallet load vehicles, allowing CO2 emissions to be reduced by 102 tonnes.
It has also incorporated two 21-pallet rigid electric lorries into its own fleet, the company’s first zero-emission lorries (DGT label) with an annual reduction of 111 tonnes of CO2, to supply its Alicante stores.
It has a “young” fleet of lorries, which since 2015 has allowed it to reduce CO2 emissions by over 85,000 tonnes, achieving a reduction of 27% per pallet transported.
All of this is to continue advancing in its commitment to green logistics and strengthening its sustainability.
Two years ago Mercadona developed an ambitious plan, which would involve a total investment of 140 million euros, to reduce its plastic consumption and improve waste management in its stores; which have also been transformed over the last year to a more sustainable model.
Strategy 6.25 consists of six specific actions to achieve a triple objective by 2025: reduce the plastic in its packaging by 25%, make all of its plastic packaging recyclable, and recycle all of its plastic waste.
The company has already eliminated single-use plastic bags and household items and is continuing to reduce the plastic used in its packaging, improve the products’ recyclability and provide the Bosses (the customers) with information on how to recycle.
The chain is implementing its Strategy 6.25 to reduce plastic and manage its waste, and in under a year it has adapted all of its stores to the 6.25 Store model.