Optimising our energy and waste management

The technological progress that has been made worldwide in the sectors of sustainable energy and the development of waste recovery is very encouraging. Despite these advances, however, we must redouble our efforts if we want to meet the UN’s goals for 2030.

To rise to this global challenge, Decathlon has a role to play in conserving the resources we consume, especially when it comes to the use of raw materials and energy.

That is why in 2018 Decathlon committed to use only electricity produced from renewable sources by 2026, as part of the RE100 international initiative.

Our energy leaders, who are active in most countries where Decathlon operates, are responsible for coordinating efforts to reduce energy consumption at our sites. By capitalising on established best practices, their leadership resulted in a 7.2% reduction in 2018 for our stores and a 21% reduction for our warehouses.

What to do with waste is a growing concern for our customers and teammates. People want to make a difference, and a number of initiatives are being introduced worldwide.

2018 ESSENTIALS

We committed to use 100% renewably-sourced electricity for all our activities by the end of 2026.

Our waste sorting rates remained stable despite growing awareness among our teammates, improved sorting habits and a growing number of local initiatives around the world.

Our global network of energy leaders continues to grow.

COMMITTING TO USE ENERGY FROM 100% RENEWABLE SOURCES

In September 2018 Decathlon joined the global RE100 initiative during Climate Week in New York. This initiative brings together all the companies that have committed to using renewably-sourced electricity to speed up the transition to a low-carbon economy.

Decathlon has made a commitment to use 100% renewably-sourced electricity for all our activities by 2026. This commitment applies to all our commercial and logistics sites (owned or leased by Decathlon) throughout the world.

We will be using two methods to achieve this goal: on-site production and purchases of renewably-sourced electricity (from dams, solar panels and windmills).

When it comes to producing renewable energy at our sites, five stores and warehouses are currently equipped with solar panels in France, and the first installations in China and India were completed in 2018.

For the majority of our energy consumption, this work will involve purchasing guarantees of origin for power supplied by solar, hydro and wind energy.

As of today, 70% of Decathlon’s total electricity consumption is generated in France, Spain, Italy and China. At the end of 2018, 55.6% of our electricity consumption was supplied by renewable energy.

This voluntary effort is one concrete step that Decathlon is taking to combat climate change and actively promote the development of renewable energy worldwide. It will also enable Decathlon to gain some measure of control over energy costs at a time of volatility in the energy market.