LVMH recognized best practices at its Houses during its first LVMH Store Environment Awards

LVMH recognized best practices at its Houses during its first LVMH Store Environment Awards
LVMH recognized best practices at its Houses during its first LVMH Store Environment Awards

 

Paris, 2016-Nov-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The first edition of the LVMH Store Environment Awards took place on November 8. The awards recognize best practices at the retail locations of LVMH Houses. Organized at the initiative of Antonio Belloni, Group Managing Director, and Sylvie Bénard, Environment Director, the event also provided a chance to mark a first year of success for the LVMH internal carbon fund, an initiative launched by the Group in conjunction with the COP 21 Conference in November 2015. Spotlight on the main award winners.

Eco-design, renewable energies and tools to track energy consumption all play an essential role for the LVMH Group and its Houses. For over 20 years, the LVMH Environment Department has supported Group companies to help them minimize their environmental footprint and regularly increase their performance in these areas each year. This has led to a host of initiatives such as the LIFE (LVMH Initiatives For the Environment) program, which was launched in 2012 and is now a strategic pillar at every Maison. The LIFE program structures the Group’s approach to environmental responsibility and brings its companies together behind shared objectives. The LVMH carbon fund, which recently marked its first year, is a perfect illustration of “think global, act local” across the Group. The fund’s success has far exceeded expectations, with nearly 6.7 million euros in eligible projects selected, well above the 5 million euros initially projected. These results underline the commitment of all LVMH Maisons and mark a milestone as the Group moves towards its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by the year 2020.

“The LVMH Group is anchored by three powerful values, one of which is creativity and innovation. The design and production of our products must integrate innovation and creativity, as well as excellence in execution and environmental performance,” stated Antonio Belloni, Group Managing Director.

Established following an in-depth audit by an outside consulting firm, the method used for the LVMH Store Environment Awards draws on eight of the most widely recognized methods for assessing environmental performance around the world, including LEED (US), BREEAM (UK), HQE (EU) and Green Mark (Singapore). The awards recognize LVMH Houses for exemplary environmental initiatives and lay out paths to further progress in the years ahead. All share a common objective: make environmental performance an integral part of all projects at LVMH brands well upstream, right from the initial design brief. The LVMH Store Awards also help build awareness at every level of the Group of the importance of individual responsibility and contributions to collective efforts.

Eight prizes were given to six Maisons for their best practices during the awards ceremony:

  • The “Envelop” award went to the Loewe Goya store in Madrid for the renovation of a historic building including high-quality insulation solutions.
  • The “Building Services” award was given to the Bulgari New Bond Street store in London for a system enabling remote control of energy consumption.
  • The “Air and Acoustic” award was given to the Louis Vuitton store in Santa Monica, California, recognizing a system that measures and manages air quality in stores.
  • The Loewe Goya store in Madrid also won the “Interior Design” ward for environmentally-friendly transport of materials by train and road.
  • The award for “Lighting Design” was won by the Sephora store in Huntington Beach, California for a system using very low power consumption per square meter.
  • The “Maintenance” award went to Le Bon Marché for its creation of sixteen waste management tracks.
  • The “Construction” award was given to the Louis Vuitton store in Santa Monica, California, which has limited Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the air inside the store.
  • A special “Lighting” award was given to the DFS Hysan Place store in Hong Kong, which set a record for the lowest lighting energy consumption per square meter.

“The LVMH Store Environment Awards” are much more than simply recognition of achievements, since they help define a roadmap for continuous improvements for all LVMH Houses,” said Sylvie Benard, Group Environment Director. “The guidance established by these awards has for example led to the development of special training for architects as part of our newly-created Environment Academy, which is essential to help us achieve our objective of reducing our environmental footprint.”

The second edition of the LVMH Store Environment Awards will be held in 2017.

Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

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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.

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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!

SOURCE: LVMH

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

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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.

SOURCE: LVMH