LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard talks about the significance of the Climate Change agreement

Sylvie Bénard © LVMH

Sylvie Bénard © LVMH


PARIS, 2015-12-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The COP21 meeting came to a close on Saturday, December 12th when 195 countries adopted the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. LVMH Environment Director talks about the significance of this universal agreement.

The COP21 ended with an agreement. Does this mean the conference was a success?
For the first time in history, the 195 countries attending together agreed to take measures to mitigate climate change.
The agreement is universal and also seeks a balance between developed, emerging and still developing nations, with a funding floor of $100 billion per year. The objective of holding the global increase in temperatures to 2°C – 1.5°C if conditions allow – was also formally stated.
Now it’s up to the countries to ratify the text and implement it.

What impressed you most during the COP21 meeting?
The positions taken by the world’s leaders confirmed my belief that climate change is now a reality for everyone. What personally marked me most was the engagement of the 20 countries most exposed to climate change – the Philippines, Maldives, the Cook Islands and others –  in order to weigh on the negotiations. They showed that their people are already experiencing the effects of global warming every day.
Another significant point was the degree to which civil society –businesses, NGOs and citizens – played a pivotal role by demonstrating that there are solutions and innovations and by showing that they can be implemented. Here, LVMH aims to be exemplary, and creating an internal carbon fund is elegant proof of this commitment.

What is your assessment of the COP21 conference?
Beyond the agreement itself, the conference raised awareness of the issue among all publics. It was extremely gratifying for my teams and for me personally since we’ve been “preaching the good word” for over 20 years!  Our Group can be legitimately proud to have been measuring its carbon footprint for more than 15 years.
The fact that LVMH was a partner of the COP21 is important too, since it has provided an opportunity to educate our staff, our management, as well as our external stakeholders. The very enthusiastic response to the presentations of initiatives by LVMH Houses at the conference definitely encourages us to pursue our efforts.


COP21: Moët Hennessy CEO Christophe Navarre on the importance of the environment

PARIS, 2015-12-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with the COP21 World Climate Summit, of which LVMH is a partner, we asked five CEOs from our different business sectors to talk about the importance of the environment for their respective Houses. Christophe Navarre, CEO of Moët Hennessy, presents initiatives taken by LVMH Wines & Spirits Houses.

Why is the environment so important for Moët Hennessy?
Wines and spirits are obviously intimately linked to nature. Every day at Moët Hennessy we keep in mind that, without nature, we simply would not exist. Thanks to the work of skilled people, our Houses, founded centuries ago, nurture this unique heritage to craft exceptional wines and spirits.

We are very much aware of the impact of our activities on the environment, and we have a responsibility to of course preserve our heritage, but also enrich it thanks to research and innovation, in order to pass it on to future generations.

Is there one particular initiative by your Houses of which you are especially proud?
All our Houses work each day to improve their environmental performance, and I’m tremendously proud of these efforts. It’s impossible to say that one is more important than the others, and it would take too long to cite all of them. But there are several that are emblematic.

In Champagne, since July 2014 our vineyards have had dual certification for Sustainable Viticulture in Champagne and High Environmental Value. The creation of this nationwide label was initiated by our Houses. After having achieved certification for their own vineyards they seek to inspire the entire industry, especially transport firms, to make respect for the environment a priority.

Hennessy now ships over 95% of its products by ship and rail, giving priority to transportation solutions that generate the lowest carbon emissions. We were a stakeholder in reopening the rail line between Cognac and the port of Le Havre and we’re working to go even further this year by adopting a circular economy approach with one of our suppliers on this itinerary. This environmentally-responsible initiative does not only apply to shipping but also to employee travel. We’ve deployed a fleet of 60 electric vehicles at our different production sites and our drivers receive eco-driving training.

One last example is Veuve Clicquot, which has really innovated with a 100% biodegradable box made from grape skins and recycled paper, and called, quite logically, Naturally Clicquot. This initiative is a first step in our efforts to systematically employ this type of innovative packaging.

How will the creation of the LVMH Carbon Fund help your Houses reduce their greenhouse gas emissions?
In 2008 we set a target of reducing our aggregate C02 emissions for all our Houses by 30% by 2020. The carbon fund will allow us to accelerate these efforts and even exceed our target. We’ll be able to push further in deploying new innovative processes to reduce our carbon footprint.



COP21: Moët Hennessy CEO Christophe Navarre on the importance of the environment

Christophe Navarre © Studio Kippik

COP21: LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard provides an update and looks at the next steps

PARIS, 2015-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been meeting in Paris since November 30th. The goal of COP21 is an ambitious agreement to fight climate change. Where do negotiations stand midway through the conference? LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard provides an update and looks at the next steps.

What were some of the highlights of the first week of the Climate Conference?
The first week was marked by the presence of heads of state from the entire world who came to outline the commitments of their countries. Among the noteworthy speeches were those by U.S President Barack Obama, who recognized the impact of human activity on the climate, as well as China, which said it would pursue additional reductions if a final agreement is reached. India, on the other hand wants to continue to rely on fossil fuels. Small island countries also made their voice heard, demanding measures to limit the rise in temperatures to 1.5 degrees. Otherwise, they emphasized, their countries will disappear.

The atmosphere at the “Climate Generation Village” set up at the conference venue in Le Bourget is both serious and smiling. Attendees from the world over have stopped in to share examples, initiatives and ideas. There are people from every continent wearing traditional dress, alongside prominent researchers, journalists and engaged citizens eager to be a part of this historic event.

Where do the negotiations stand?
On December 5th, the President of COP21, Laurent Fabius, announced that a new draft had been worked out and approved by all parties, providing a new basis for negotiations. So far the draft represents a shorter text – 20 pages, compared with 55 at the beginning of the negotiations – but there is still a great deal of suspense as the Thursday deadline for an agreement draws near. A “Paris Committee” will meet daily to provide an overview of negotiations, while a group of 14 facilitators is responsible for ensuring that the level of targets, adjustments and the preamble remain open to negotiation.

What are the next steps?
We’re beginning a decisive week that will see an agreement signed, or not. If there is an agreement, will it be balanced, binding and universal. On Monday, ministers from the 195 countries again played a direct role in the negotiations. I hope that uncertainties will be cleared up and that compromises will be found. Nobody wants to be held responsible for the failure of these negotiations. The key point is that all the countries want to see an agreement that is robust and legally binding to ensure that the measures are applied. The results of the negotiations will be announced on Friday, December 11th.
Between now and then the LVMH Group will continue to contribute to the conversation, organizing a conference on “Climate & Logistics” on Wednesday, December 9th, in the “Génération Climat” village. Several Group Houses – Guerlain, Hennessy, Louis Vuitton, LVMH Fragrance Brands, Moët & Chandon and Sephora – will present initiatives to internal and external publics that illustrate how LVMH is contributing to the fight against climate change. We hope to draw a big audience!



COP21: LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard provides an update and looks at the next steps


COP21: Sephora CEO Chris de Lapuente talks about the importance of the environment

PARIS, 2015-12-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — In conjunction with the COP21 World Climate Summit, of which LVMH is a partner, we asked five CEOs from our different business sectors to talk about the importance of the environment for their respective Houses. Chris de Lapuente, CEO of Sephora, spotlights innovative solutions introduced by the beauty brand.

Why is the environment so important to Sephora?
We aim to be the best loved and most admired beauty community in the world. This means we have a responsibility to help build a better society, which is why I want Sephora to be a benchmark for exemplary environmental performance. New technologies, equipment and eco-friendly materials are being introduced all the time and impact every aspect of our business – architecture, store operations, logistics, products, etc. Environmental responsibility brings us a fantastic opportunity to show our disruptive spirit thanks to creative and innovative initiatives. It’s embedded in our DNA!

Is there one particular initiative Sephora has taken of which you’re especially proud?
There are a lot of things we can be proud of, but the most significant is the energy savings we’ve achieved thanks to LED lighting. Starting three years ago, all our new stores and renovation projects have been fitted with latest-generation LED lights, which are 15% more energy efficient. And this is a worldwide commitment. For example, by the end of 2016, our U.S. retail network will be 100% LED. We’re quite proud of this effort.

How will the creation of the LVMH Carbon Fund help Sephora reduce its greenhouse gas emissions?
The fund will at the same time change and facilitate our strategy of investing in equipment with a lower carbon footprint. We’ve identified three strategic levers to reduce our energy consumption: lighting, air-conditioning and deliveries.
The fund will allow us to test the latest eco-friendly solutions and gradually integrate the most effective ones in our operations.
My vision is for our global store network to be carbon neutral in 2020. It’s an exciting objective that really stimulates our creativity!



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H&M supports COP21 and will be in Paris with expertise from its sustainability department

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2015-12-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Climate change is one of the major challenges of our time. As a leading fashion retailer H&M wants to be a positive player in climate change, ensuring climate is kept on safe levels around the world for communities and environment. This demands important investments and collaborations. H&M supports the COP21 process and will be present in Paris with expertise from the sustainability department.

H&M has committed to run its operations on 100 percent renewable energy in all countries where it is credibly possible to purchase. H&M is a member of RE100, an organization only open to companies committing to 100 percent renewable energy. This commitment means that H&M has significantly reduced its greenhouse gas emissions compared to last year alongside a positive growth of its business.

As signatory of the Earth Statement H&M supports that countries and industries decarbonize their operations ensuring a 2 degree Celsius limit to safeguard ecosystems. This is done through collaboration, commitments and investments in environmental friendly technologies.

H&M is one of the first companies in the world to start setting goals on the value chain according to planetary boundaries, i.e. what scientists say the planet demands in order to stay within a safe temperature.

“We are committed to provide our customers with fashion and quality at the best price in a sustainable way. This includes how we operate in our own operation, our value chain and communities around the globe where we have a presence. Our commitment to 100 percent renewable energy and our work to influence policy makers to a carbon free future are two examples how H&M contributes to a safe climate generations to come”, says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability at H&M.

H&M’s goal to solely use cotton coming from more sustainable sources (organic cotton, recycled cotton and Better cotton) by 2020 at the latest means tremendous improvements to its climate related impact. So does H&M’s garment collecting program which enables customers to return all their unwanted textiles, making them a part of the solution. By doing this H&M works for closing the textile loop in order not to use any raw material. These are just a few examples of how H&M makes sure the value chain is aligned with planetary boundaries.

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LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard discusses challenges for COP21 and the Group’s commitment to fighting global warming

PARIS, 2015-12-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — France will host COP21, the 21st United Nations Climate Change Conference, from November 30 to December 11, 2015. LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard discusses the challenges to be addressed by the meeting, of which LVMH is a partner, as well as the Group’s commitment to fighting global warming.

The world’s eyes will be on Paris during COP21 as participants seek a consensus on concrete measures to combat climate change. The goal is to reach a universal agreement, one that is concluded by all participants and binding in all countries, and at the same time flexible to take into account specific contexts in different countries. The agreement must be sustainable and dynamic, focused on a long-term objective of keeping global warming to below 2°C and encouraging more active measures to prevent climate change.

After the failure of climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009, COP21 is a critical juncture. Sylvie Bénard, the Environment Director of LVMH, spotlights the challenges for the conference, which the LVMH Group has joined as official partner.

Throughout COP21, LVMH invites you to discover some of the initiatives taken by the Group to help fight climate change, as well as insights from the heads of our Houses.


Carrefour France stages the first Innovation and Energy Fair with the support of Nicolas Hulot Foundation

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-10-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 21 and 22 October 2015, Carrefour France will be staging the first Innovation and Energy Fair with the support of the Nicolas Hulot Foundation. The B2B event will bring together more than 50 eco-companies from both France and overseas, the aim being to share energy efficiency solutions and the innovations of tomorrow with the retailer’s decision-makers.

As one of the partners involved in the COP21, Carrefour is committed to ensuring compliance with the principles of sustainable development in all the areas in which it operates and introduced a global initiative to increase its energy efficiency and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions back in 2004. With the help of its employees and stakeholders, Carrefour has set itself the ambitious target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 40% between 2010 and 2025, and by 70% between now and 2050. The energy optimisation initiatives it has so far introduced have already reduced energy consumption in its France hypermarkets by 37% since 2004.

Carrefour France stages the first Innovation and Energy Fair with the support of Nicolas Hulot Foundation

Carrefour France stages the first Innovation and Energy Fair with the support of Nicolas Hulot Foundation

Carrefour / COP21: Avi Coop. S.c.a (Amadori), won the “Major challenge for Suppliers regarding Climate” in Italy

MILAN, ITALY, 2015-10-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Avi Coop. S.C.A (Amadori), whose waste recycling and energy consumption reduction initiatives helped it secure first place in a competition involving a total of 651 participating suppliers

Within the framework of Carrefour’s official involvement in the COP21 international conference on climate, Avi Coop. S.c.a (Amadori), winner of the “Major challenge for Suppliers regarding Climate”  in Italy, will be represented in Paris on 19 and 20 November to take part in the final event which will feature winners from the Group’s 10 integrated countries.

In Milan, 14 October 2015, the companies taking part in the “Major challenge for Suppliers regarding Climate” have all been recognised for the effective policies they have adopted to help tackle climate change.

This initiative was an opportunity for the suppliers to unveil their solutions.

The utility and benefits of the projects were assessed by an expert panel which included representatives from the Italian Ministry for the Environment, WWF Italy, the Polytechnic University of Milan and non-profit organisation Plant Life Economy Foundation.

The AMADORI SpA, Avi.Coop factory, based in San Vittore di Cesena, employs 2100 people. It produces turkeys and traditional chickens under the Carrefour and Amadori brands. At its San Vittore di Cesena factory, Amadori has set up an anaerobic digestion (or methanisation) and cogeneration facility for converting organic matter left over from the manufacturing processes into biogas. The biogas produced from methanisation is then transformed into electricity and heat by the cogeneration system. And the digestive residue is used as fertiliser for farming. Amadori has also reduced its biomass waste by 95%, and has reduced its odour emissions and the number of lorries it uses to transport waste.



Carrefour / COP21: Avi Coop. S.c.a (Amadori), won the "Major challenge for Suppliers regarding Climate" in Italy

Carrefour / COP21: Avi Coop. S.c.a (Amadori), won the “Major challenge for Suppliers regarding Climate” in Italy

Carrefour and the Avril collaborate within the framework of the @SolutionsCOP21 Diet and Climate working group in preparation for COP21

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-10-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Because what we eat influences our climate, Carrefour and the Avril group have been working together within the framework of the @SolutionsCOP21 Diet and Climate working group in preparation for COP21.

Our shared aim?
Showcase our concrete solutions upstream of the farming sector to ensure that average global temperatures do not rise by more than 2°C.

A study has been conducted by consultancy firm BIPE in order to take stock of the current situation and analyse the causal relationships between what we eat and the climate, based on a set of recent scientific documents. This study is being presented today by Carrefour and the Avril group at a conference, in the presence of the WWF, the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme), the AFD (French agency for development) and the Bon pour le climat (“Good for climate”) association. This presentation will be followed by a debate.

Carrefour and Avril are putting forward recommendations for farming practices that are listed here.