By enforcing environmental management in our value chain
To balance economic initiatives with environmental needs and fully respect the requirements of the law and applicable regulations, GrandVision cooperates as much as possible with authorities that carry out environmental reviews and monitoring. Suppliers contribute strongly to this process. For example, if a supplier is involved in a production process, they cannot engage in illegal dumping or irresponsibly discard hazardous materials that may be part of their industrial waste.
We rely on our transportation partners to bring our products from warehouses to stores. The transportation process takes place in two steps. Inbound transportation enters our central warehouses by air or ocean. Outbound transportation leaves the central warehouse to local distribution centers, mostly by road, or to Latin America and Asia by air. We actively manage the impact of the transportation of our products in order to reduce our environmental footprint. In 2016, we transferred a significant share of our transport from air to ocean because ocean transports are generally less carbon intensive and less expensive than transport by air.
The impact is most visible for inbound transportation. In 2015, only 54% of our products were transported by ocean. We increased this amount to 73% in 2016. The total share of air transport has halved since 2015. We also intend to make regular use of the recently opened Wuhan (China) – Duisburg (Germany) railway line. It is our ambition to increase the share of our transport through this route, and also analyze other solutions, to further reduce our environmental footprint.
Measuring our CO2 emissions
CO2 emissions represent a key unit for measuring the environmental footprint of an organization. We calculated our carbon footprint from the processing and transportation of glasses since 2015. Energy consumption in stores is not included in the calculation.
Our absolute carbon emissions have decreased by 16.6% compared to 2015. Our relative carbon footprint (carbon emissions per spectacle) also has decreased. In 2016, we processed more glasses using less energy, which led to a reduction of 21% in carbon emissions per pair of glasses. Producing and transporting one pair of glasses currently will lead to 611 grams of CO2 being emitted. While the environmental impacts of both processing and transportation have decreased, transportation remains our most carbon-intensive activity. Our 2025 target is to reduce the carbon footprint from processing by 20% (base year 2016) and the carbon footprint in transport by 30% (base year 2015).