Groupe Auchan makes a firm commitment to combat climate change; joins French Business Climate Pledge

Groupe Auchan, as well as 38 other major French companies, makes a firm commitment to combat climate change and emphasize its driving role and leadership in the fight for a more sustainable world.

Croix Cedex, France, 2015-11-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the lead-up to the Paris climate summit (COP 21), 39 major French companies, employing a total of 4.4 million people worldwide and generating sales of 1,200 billion euros, have made a firm commitment to combat climate change.

By signing this climate pledge, they want to contribute to making COP 21 a success and to limiting the warming of the Earth to 2°C. They emphasize their driving role and leadership in the fight for a more sustainable world.

Active since many years, these companies are taking concrete steps to reduce their carbon footprint through:

  • The use of active and passive energy efficiency solutions,
  • The use of renewable energy, notably hydro, wind or solar energy,
  • The systematic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of their products,
  • The development of new low-carbon materials and solutions,
  • The reduction of food waste and packaging,
  • The adoption of long-term investment strategies actively promoting the energy transition.

From 2016 to 2020, the 39 companies plan to invest at least 45 billion euros in industrial projects and R&D devoted to renewable energy, energy efficiency and other low carbon technologies.

Over the same period, they also intend to provide bank and bond financing of at least 80 billion euros for projects contributing to the fight against climate change.

In addition, they foresee low carbon investments of 15 billion euros in new nuclear capacities and investments of 30 billion euros in natural gas as energy transition solution, planned over the next five years.

The pledge of Groupe Auchan

Aware of its impact on the environment, since 2008 Groupe Auchan has worked systematically and actively to reduce its energy consumption in the 12 main countries where it has operations. At the end of 2013, it decided to make energy efficiency a corporate project. In 2014, the Group’s core businesses, hypermarkets, supermarkets and retail property management units as a whole set a global target: reduce by a further 20% the overall energy consumption of its sites – warehouses, hypermarkets, supermarkets, head offices and shopping centres – by 2017.

This decision strengthens its active commitment to make energy efficiency a new skill, central to its business lines ranging from shopping centre construction and operation to management of food retail outlets – major users of temperature control and refrigeration equipment.

In October 2015, the inauguration of the new “Saisons de Meaux” shopping centre in France illustrated how stringent the Group’s requirements have become: a BREEAM Very Good certified shopping centre, an Auchan hypermarket designed to use 35% less energy than a traditional outlet, ISO 50001 certification and a refrigeration system run on CO2 in order to radically cut associated greenhouse gas emissions.

Contact

Groupe Auchan
40, avenue de Flandre – BP 139
59964 Croix Cedex – France

SOURCE: Groupe Auchan