Energy efficiency

It’s a key issue and part of Decathlon’s international strategy.
In 2015 our teams decided to tackle the issue with an objective of reducing consumption for all activities (rather than just targeting a reduction in energy consumption per m²), in accordance with Decathlon’s goal of attaining a carbon footprint for 2019 in line with the reference year 2014.

This is a team game that involves all our collaborators from the four corners of the world working in operations, maintenance or site construction, where only the results count.

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« Spotlight on energy efficiency »

The main sources of in-store energy consumption are the lighting and HVAC ( Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning). Whether the buildings are old or new, our teams are working on a better management of our energy consumption.

“My first action is to build awareness among our collaborators of the importance of sustainable development through simple and participative communication”.

Giorgio Possi
Giorgio Possi
Environmental and Energy Manager for Italy since 2015

Local stakeholders light the way

The network of energy leaders is getting bigger and bigger to reach around twenty leaders in 2015. The objective is to have at least one energy leader per country. A number of communities are emerging on our internal social network and by sharing experiences and best practices they are helping us continually improve our energy performances.

"Green Keepers” network becomes “Green Leaders”

In 2014 Emma Woolley from Decathlon UK launched the “Green Keepers” network to improve British store collaborator awareness about energy consumption and if possible to help contribute to reducing Decathlon’s carbon footprint. Throughout the year she recruited voluntary and enthusiastic staff members from each store to become “energy leaders”. Thanks to the creation and the development of the network, each person was able to compare on a monthly basis their store’s consumption with the other British stores and be in a position to identify the levers for action. The network’s goal was to give priority to quick and easy to implement actions in each store and to monitor the performance of the actions deployed.

The project was a success and in 2015 the British teams reduced their global energy consumption by 13% compared with the previous year. However, in light of the high rate of staff turnover or changes in position it proved difficult to maintain a solid network or push the efforts to reduce consumption even further.
Aleix Jove took over the project in 2016 and moved up a gear to give a different outlook by focusing more on the carbon footprint than just energy consumption in terms of kWh. The network was renamed at the same time to become “Green UK Leaders”.

« The race to energy efficiency is on »

In 2015 the leading countries in the race to energy efficiency were France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Hungary thanks to clearly structured strategies and the implementation of far-reaching actions to limit their respective impacts.

LED, a bright idea

LED lighting solutions make it possible to reduce the energy consumption of a building by approximately 25%. Quite naturally, this solution was adopted by Decathlon as a key element in improving energy performance.
France leads the way in this field with some 70 stores, or 24% of all French stores, fitted with LED lighting.
Spain now has 20 stores with LED lighting (20% of all stores) and intends to fit another 15 in 2016.

In 2014, Germany also decided that all future buildings would have LED lighting. Result: 10 new buildings fitted with LEDs in 2015.
To promote the use of the LED solution on an international scale, a global contract was signed with a specialized service provider. Today, if a country wishes to invest in LEDs it already has two possible pre-defined solutions to choose from and can benefit from advantageous group rates.

A new approach to energy consumption

Our teams are studying the possibility of using renewable energy generation solutions and are drawing up an accompanying recommendations guide. Tests have already been launched in Belgium and in Italy with the installation of photovoltaic panels to provide energy to the sites.

At the same time an alternative to the production of renewable energy is being studied with the consumption of “green” electricity: thanks to “guarantees of origin”, the energy supplier ensures an equivalence between the quantity of electricity used by a store and the quantity of electricity produced using renewable sources of energy.