Managing our energy consumption
Energy efficiency is a key issue and part of Decathlon’s international strategy.
In 2015 our teams decided to tackle the issue with an objective of reducing consumption for all activities (rather than just targeting a reduction in energy consumption per m²), in accordance with Decathlon’s goal of attaining a carbon footprint for 2019 in line with the reference year 2014.
This is a team game that involves all our team mates from the four corners of the world working in operations, maintenance or site construction where only the results count.
Store energy consumption dropped by 3.5% in 2015. This is the third consecutive annual reduction in our energy consumption per m² (-13% since 2012!)
Spotlight on energy efficiency
The main sources of in-store energy consumption are the lighting and HVAC. Whether the buildings are old or new, our teams are working on a better management of our energy consumption.
Local stakeholders light the way
The network of energy leaders is getting bigger and bigger to reach around twenty leaders in 2015. The objective is to have at least one energy leader per country. A number of communities are emerging on our internal social network and by sharing experiences and best practices they are helping us continually improve our energy performances.
Why have you decided to act in favour of the environment?
I joined Decathlon as a sales assistant in 1995, then became department manager, then store manager and finally maintenance manager in 2009. At the beginning of August 2015, I decided to embark upon a new adventure by becoming Environmental and Energy manager for Italy that is home to 106 stores since I strongly believe it is vital for the company to preserve the planet and our natural playground. This is what will enable us in the future to maintain and preserve the founding value of our company “make sport accessible to as many people as possible”.
What is your first environmental action for Italy?
My first action is to build awareness among our team mates of the importance of sustainable development through simple and participative communication with a forum in which people feel free to express their ideas, their best practices and question concerning Italy’s environmental objectives : reduce the environmental impact and enhance the social impact of our activity.
I organize workshops and meetings at different sites to present to as many colleagues as possible the projects already underway and that are piloted by various team mates.
How do you organise the italian environmental network?
I am lucky to have a lot of contacts with people who are really committed and who help me accompany my teams on the road to sustainable development. A community on Decathlon’s social network brings together all those in Italy who are motivated by the subject of the environment. This community constitutes a reservoir of best internal and external practices and already more than 900 passionate people exchange on a daily basis. This community is an excellent tool to communicate with one another, get inspiration and turn ideas into reality.
What actions have been launched thanks to this community?
The first actions to see the light of day and to be duplicated in various sites are the use of glasses and other reusable utensils, the recycling of signage, the recycling of waste in the break rooms,... the more they know what is going on in the company, the more they participate.
What is the outlook for the future?
The italian environmental leader network has a lot of ideas and we have decided to set up workshops to develop them. The aim is to find solutions in order to:
- reduce paper waste (paperboards for training sessions, signage, contracts),
- increase the production of renewable energy (photovoltaic panels)
- develop each collaborator’s environmental convictions and update the environmental training programs and promote them more widely,
- improve collaborator and customer mobility and means of transport,
- find solutions to give a second life to faulty or returned goods.
The race to energy efficiency is on
In 2015 the leading countries in the race to energy efficiency were France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Hungary thanks to clearly structured strategies and the implementation of far-reaching actions to limit their respective impacts.
In 2014 Emma Woolley from Decathlon UK launched the “Green Keepers” network to improve British store team mate awareness about energy consumption and if possible to help contribute to reducing Decathlon’s carbon footprint. Throughout the year she recruited voluntary and enthusiastic team mates from each store to become “energy leaders”. Thanks to the creation and the development of the network, each person was able to compare on a monthly basis their store’s consumption with the other British stores and be in a position to identify the levers for action. The network’s goal was to give priority to quick and easy to implement actions in each store and to monitor the performance of the actions deployed.
The project was a success and in 2015 the British teams reduced their global energy consumption by 13% compared with the previous year. However, in light of the high rate of staff turnover or changes in position it proved difficult to maintain a solid network or push the efforts to reduce consumption even further.
Aleix Jove took over the project in 2016 and moved up a gear to give a different outlook by focusing more on the carbon footprint than just energy consumption in terms of kWh. The network was renamed at the same time to become “Green UK Leaders”.
A new approach to energy consumption
Our teams are studying the possibility of using renewable energy generation solutions and are drawing up an accompanying recommendations guide. Tests have already been launched in Belgium and in Italy with the installation of photovoltaic panels to provide energy to the sites.
This represents the equivalent of the annual consumption of ten 1,500m² stores.
kWh of renewable energy was produced in Italy, Belgium, Spain and France in 2015.
At the same time an alternative to the production of renewable energy is being studied with the consumption of “green” electricity: thanks to “guarantees of origin”, the energy supplier ensures an equivalence between the quantity of electricity used by a store and the quantity of electricity produced using renewable sources of energy.
LED, a bright idea
LED lighting solutions make it possible to reduce the energy consumption of a building by approximately 25%. Quite naturally, this solution was adopted by Decathlon as a key element in improving energy performance.
France leads the way in this field with some 70 stores, or 24% of all French stores, fitted with LED lighting.
Spain now has 20 stores with LED lighting (20% of all stores) and intends to fit another 15 in 2016.
In 2014, Germany also decided that all future buildings would have LED lighting.
Result: 10 new buildings fitted with LEDs in 2015.
To promote the use of the LED solution on an international scale, a global contract was signed with a specialized service provider. Today, if a country wishes to invest in LEDs it already has two possible pre-defined solutions to choose from and can benefit from advantageous group rates.