In its first CSR plan, Maisons du Monde committed to a programme to lower its “direct” carbon footprint (Scope 1 & 2) in order to reduce greenhouse gases based on the following objectives:
- 25% reduction in the energy intensity of stores and warehouses (kWh/m²)
- 40% reduction in the carbon intensity of direct activities (kgCO2eq/m²)
Since 2016, the reduction of energy consumption at stores and warehouses, the purchase of renewable energy, and the optimisation of the transport of goods have contributed to achieving these goals.
- All the new stores opened have undergone renovation or maintenance and are now equipped with LED lighting, namely 103 stores equipped in the existing pool (as at 31 December 2018).
- 89% of stores are powered by energy from renewable sources, thanks to the signature of new electricity supply contracts for the brand’s French, Italian, and Spanish stores.
- Finally, each year, 12,000 tons of goods are transported by train between the warehouses and logistics centres in the Paris region.
Thanks to these actions, energy consumption was reduced by 17% in intensity between 2016 and 2018. “Direct” greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 50% in total value thanks to the subscription of renewable energy supply contracts.
To support the coordination of the climate strategy, in 2017, the Group took part in the testing of the ACT (Assessing Low Carbon Transition) evaluation method by ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) and the CDP, designed to evaluate the strategy of companies in light of scientific data and the efforts to be implemented in order to achieve the objectives of the Paris Agreement. Maisons du Monde’s commitment to the Group’s fight against climate change contributed to obtaining an A- rating in the CDP’s questionnaire.
The actions designed to control in-store energy consumption are accompanied by improved coordination at the actual stores. At each retail outlet, a CSR reference person is in charge of disseminating good practices for managing energy consumption among teams and setting up actions to reduce the store’s everyday carbon footprint.