Coop aims to reduce absolute annual energy consumption by around 20 per cent and increase the proportion of renewable energies to 80 per cent by 2023. This should cut absolute annual CO2 emissions by around 50 per cent compared with 2008. The remaining CO2 emissions will be compensated from 2023. Coop has been compensating the emissions originating from unavoidable air transport, Coop@home deliveries and business trips since 2007 via WWF climate protection projects, for instance with myclimate.
The comprehensive involvement of Coop and the WWF has led to numerous specific successes and steps forward. In Nepal, India and Papua Newguinea, for example, new projects were initiated and existing activities expanded. Preliminary financing made it possible in Nepal, for example, for thousands of small biogas plants to be built, which were reliant on this sort of start-up funding. In India, a new project was developed in close cooperation with Coop, WWF, Helvetas and myclimate: 4,900 biogas plants supplement existing activities for rice farmers in rural parts of the region. Coop initiated this project and takes on full financing here. The project was planned and implemented in Coops own supply chain. That means that the farmers profit which produce the organic fairtrade rice for Coop. In Papua New Guinea, thanks to the initiative by Coop, a technology could be introduced for sewage treatment – something that is almost non-existent in the countryside. The project is therefore taking on a pioneering role in the region.
All climate protection projects developed comprehensively by myclimate and WWF not only reduce CO2 but also contribute to ecological and socioeconomic development locally. In all of these projects, more than 130,000 people were able to benefit from the climate protection measures locally, around 2,000 jobs have been created and over 200,000 tonnes of wood have been saved thanks to the commitment of Coop and WWF up to the end of 2014. In addition, over 1,200 hectares of forest in Madagascar and Nepal have been protected, around 700 million litres of wastewater have been cleaned in a climate-friendly manner, and harmful methane gas emissions have been used in biogas plants to produce 20 gigawatt-hours of electricity. Here you can find all additional information on the international climate protection projects that are being developed and supported by Coop and WWF Switzerland with myclimate: biogas projects in Nepal, India, Thailand and Papua New Guinea and efficient stoves and energy saving lamps in Madagascar.
As it is expanding the partnership with WWF and myclimate for more sustainability and climate protection, which started in 2007, Coop is implementing part of its own climate compensation projects along the supply chain directly in Switzerland. Led by myclimate and in cooperation with the WWF and BioSuisse, it has been developing a number of local climate protection projects in Switzerland. Partners of these climate protection projects are Swiss farmers and processors of organic products, who make products for Coop's own sustainable brands "Coop Naturaplan" and "Miini Region".
WWF Switzerland has worked together with myclimate since 2007 not only for the development of climate protection projects that focus strongly on the environment, but also for the compensation of WWF operating emissions. In our work together, we have found myclimate to be a responsible and risk-conscious partner.