Optimising our energy and waste management

At Decathlon, preserving the environment is a key focus area for the company’s vision. In every country where we have established our stores, an energy consumption leader is responsible for minimising consumption levels on our sites.

Waste management is another important issue, for which our aim is to continuously increase our recycling rates in both our stores and our warehouses. This strategy, which is more recent than that focusing on energies nevertheless enjoyed some encouraging progress in 2016.

Energy and waste management
in 2016

A summary

• We are building a network of country energy leaders, who share their good practices and devise their own local strategies.

• We’re developing a strategy designed to increase our purchases of renewable energies, to reduce our CO2 emissions.

Change in energy consumption
Stores (in kWh per square metre and per year worldwide)

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Warehouses (in kWh per square metre and per year worldwide)

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« Spain, the first country to implement a global environmental strategy »

Work has been done on the most crucial local issues, starting with bringing down the energy consumption of buildings, and collecting and recycling waste. In 2016, teams organised a second national waste collection, hoping for as many people as possible to take part, in order to clean up outdoor spaces where sport is played. This event attracted over 5,000 volunteers, who collected more than 32 tonnes of waste and planted 3,500 trees. It was a highly successful initiative, which is scheduled to take place on an annual basis, and which gives leaders from other countries plenty of ideas !

“As part of Decathlon Spain’s environmental strategy, we held our annual clean-up operation on 25 September 2016, involving our fellow citizens, sports users, teammates and their families. We cleaned up 103 different sites, including lakes, rivers, beaches and forests. This is our way of helping to preserve our natural environment, so that future generations can enjoy playing the sports we all love so much.”

Decathlon Rivas, Spain

Energy: A worldwide network to enhance the efficiency of global energy performances

Three people coordinate the energy leaders network. They are on hand to suggest tried and tested solutions and to facilitate the sharing of good practices between members. For example, more and more countries are adopting technical management solutions for buildings5, spurred on by the excellent results that Turkey saw after implementing this system.

Furthermore, a number of countries have opted for LED lighting solutions in order to reduce their energy bills, a system that is now becoming standardised across Decathlon stores.

Manage the environmental performance
Meeting with JOERI MOONS
Energy leader and maintenance manager for Belgium

Energy leader and maintenance manager for Belgium Joeri Moons explains.

Why use solar energy in your country ?
We want to use this energy as much as possible for ecological and economic reasons. To this
end, we’ve teamed up with investors, who have installed solar panels on our store roofs, so
we can directly tap into the electricity we produce on site.
What percentage does solar account for in your energy mix ?
In Belgium, 12% of our total electricity consumption is produced by solar panels installed in
some of our stores. A store with photovoltaic panels on the roof can supply 30% of the
electricity it consumes. For the remainder, we purchase green electricity from traditional
What’s your long-term objective for this means of energy production ?
For several years now, we’ve been working to install solar panels on the roofs of our
company-owned stores. For those we lease, it depends on the owner's goodwill. Our ambition
is to complete the panel project by installing one or more wind turbines on our sites in

Waste : a growing issue

A considerable amount of waste is handled every day by in-store teams, brand sites, central services and warehouses; mainly consisting of cardboard, plastic, scrap metal and wood. In 2016, our sites generated more than 75,661 tonnes of waste.

Management of waste generated by our sites

While some countries have a structured waste management strategy in tandem with service providers, many of them have yet to reach this level of maturity. The eventual aim is to build a network of autonomous and responsible leaders, like that in place for managing energy consumption.

Aside from the contribution the company makes in re-using its waste, development teams are developing products made from recycled materials.

Types of waste generated by our sites worldwide
(Decathlon stores, brand sites, company-owned warehouses)

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