Retailers launch Climate Protection Initiative

Eight large German retailers and brand owners (HSE24, KiK, Otto Group, QVC, Reno, s.Oliver, Tchibo and Tom Tailor), under the umbrella of the Foreign Trade Association of the German Retail (AVE), have launched a climate protection initiative. The goal is to save several million tonnes of CO2 emissions within supply chains of imported goods. The "Carbon Performance Improvement Initiative" (CPI2) is monitored by the Federal Environment Agency. It is financially supported by the German investment and development company DEG, through funds from the German Environmental Ministry’s (BMU) programme "Climate Partnerships with Business". The BMU supports the programme as part of the International Climate Initiative (ICI). 

Business consultancy Systain Consulting GmbH is undertaking the development work and implementation. The initiative was launched on 25 January 2012 at a press conference in Düsseldorf. Together member companies represent a turnover of around 20 billion Euros. 

The initiative has developed a management instrument for producers primarily in developing and newly industrialised countries. With an easy to use online-tool the initiative provides suppliers with an instrument, which allows them to independently evaluate the energy being consumed within their businesses. On the basis of this, suppliers will receive a gold-, silver- or bronze rating, as well as tangible recommendations for action on energy efficiency. These range from simple, quick and low cost measures, to complex, medium- to long-term processes. The suppliers themselves can implement simple measures. For longer-term measures, the CPI2 provides support in the form of know-how and technical assistance. In addition to the concrete reductions in CO2, the transfer of energy conservation know-how is a crucial aspect of the Initiative.