2012 Climate Adaptation Champion, Business - Metcash

Sustainability @ Metcash

Metcash Silverwater Corporate OfficeOriginating in the 1920s as a family business, Metcash Ltd. is Australia's leading wholesale distribution and marketing company specialising in grocery, fresh produce, liquor, hardware and other fast moving consumer goods.

Since 2008, Metcash has implemented , integrated a comprehensive Climate Change Adaptation and Risk Management Plan into their risk management program to deliver business, community and environmental benefits. The Plan identifies key climate change impacts for Metcash’s business, based on world’s best practice adaptation planning, and regional climate scenarios.

Metcash has developed and tested site and business sector based Business Continuity Plans. It has invested in risk management software, to ensure risks for all sites and business units are identified. It developed a climate risk map, highlighting the most likely impacts at each of Metcash’s 102 worksites, and the key adaptation measures being implemented.

Metcash now implements a diverse range of innovative adaptation measures to account for a changing climate. These include:

• A new, purpose-built distribution centre expected to achieve a 4 Green Star Industrial: Design & As Built rating.

• Even in non-cyclone areas, Metcash builds to Australian cyclone standards to ensure sites are resilient to increased severe storms.

• Working with the Federal and state governments to ensure food distribution is included as a high priority for emergency fuel delivery in disaster situations.

• Installing renewable and back-up energy sources to ensure continued safe food provision during disaster situations, including investigating tri-generation systems for major distribution centres.

More Information

Use the links below to navigate recent Adaptation Champion profiles. These profiles can be used to have a closer look at past Adaptation Champions, engage with multimedia content, and link to further information about the Adaptation Champions. 

2012 NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions

Individual Category: Lucinda Corrigan, Rennylea Pastoral Company for ‘Leadership of adaptation to climate change in Australia’s grazing industries’.

Business Category: Metcash Trading Ltd for its ‘Sustainability @ Metcash’ climate adaptation program.

Government Category: Department of Primary Industries, Victoria for its ‘Climate Extension Services‘ program.

Community Category: The ‘Making connections: landholders restoring connectivity in the Wet Tropics’ project.

2011 NCCARF Climate Adaptation Champions

A Queensland farmer, a Tasmanian journalist and a council planner from mid-coast NSW were among NCCARF’s first Climate Adaptation Champions.

Sid Plant - Farmer, Dowling Downs, QLD

Norm Lenehan — Coastal & Flood Management Planner, Eurobodalla Shire Council, NSW 

Peter Boyer — Journalist, blogger and speaker-presenter, Hobart, Tas

Lake Macquarie City Council, NSW

City of Melbourne, Vic

Climate Champion Initiative (A program of Managing Climate Variability and Grains Research Development Corporation)