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Noengros will be climate neutral in 2019

15.03.19
Norengros turns 30 and celebrates with an ambitious goal of becoming climate neutral as early as 2019 – thus taking the consumer market's strongest position on sustainability.

 
From a modest start in 1989 with four member companies as a small challenger to the big distributors, Norengros is today Norway's largest supplier of consumer goods to the private and public sector! With this, it follows a great social responsibility to find the most environmentally friendly solutions – and help customers choose the best sustainable products.
 
Hard but realistic environmental goals
Where other companies often set longer deadlines on the road to becoming climate neutral, Norengros wants to achieve this already in 2019. The general manager of Norengros, Hanne Martine Vedeler, believes they have what it takes to achieve the goal.
"We want to be at the forefront and have a solid and clear goal. Although the goal of becoming climate neutral already this year may sound hard, it is at the same time something we believe we can do", she says.
 
Norengros has been working on measures for climate and the environment for several years – first as an environmental “Miljøfyrtårn”-certified company, and later as ISO-14001 certified. They have long experience in helping their customers find the right environmentally friendly products in a jungle of opportunities, and have been involved in several sustainability projects over the past few years – including working with PLB (Norways largest private kindergarten chain) on plastic and poison-free kindergartens in Norway. In addition, Norengros has helped the service company Sodexo develop an environmentally friendly packaging concept called "surplus food", which has reduced food waste by two tonnes a year at the country's largest company canteen at DNB in Bjørvika.

The UN's sustainability goals in practice
In 2018, a separate project group for environment and sustainability was established. The group works closely with the management group in Norengros to create a clear, ambitious and communicable strategy for the environment and sustainability, which forms the basis for future decisions in Norengros. One of the goals is that Norengros will take the market's strongest position on sustainability. To achieve this, they have selected five of the UN's sustainability goals that they want to emphasize in the future.
"The project group has worked very constructively over the past half year, which resulted in the goal that Norengros will be climate neutral in 2019. They have also found out the five of the UN's sustainability goals where we can really make a difference", says Chairman of the Board of Norengros, Johannes Berger.
In order for such a large company as Norengros to become climate neutral, a thorough review of the operations must be taken to find all the areas with improvement potential.
"In order to achieve the goal of becoming climate neutral in 2019, we must analyze the operation and look at our fleet, warehouse, electricity, travel and other things that affect the environment. At the same time, we must also continue to train our salespeople", says Vedeler.

Helps customers choose environmentally friendly solutions
As part of the environmental work, Norengros works with its subcontractors to offer environmentally friendly products – and get as many customers as possible to choose these.
"Much is about influencing the suppliers of the consumer goods we offer, and placing demands on them. It's also about making sure our customers get the right products and know-how – that we have the products in the assortment, and that we can guide customers to make eco-friendly choices and help them run their business more sustainably", says Vedeler.
"Consumables are initially regarded as something negative. But if we manage to turn this into something positive and help our customers use the least possible amount and choose the right ones, while also transporting them to the market in an environmentally friendly way, we have done an important job. Our goal is to ensure that consumer goods are as sustainable as possible. Because they are here to stay", says Berger.