By enforcing environmental management in our value chain
We rely on our suppliers for the production and transportation of our spectacles. This makes us strongly dependent of our suppliers for respecting the environment and minimizing our environmental footprint. 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 monitor our suppliers.
Transportation is an important part of our value chain. We rely on our transportation partners when we bring our products from production facilities to our central warehouses (inbound transportation by ocean, air or rail) and from our central warehouses to our local distribution centers (outbound transportation by road or to Latin America and Asia by air). In 2017, GrandVision transported more spectacles by air and road compared to 2016. The number of frames transported by ocean decreased.
In 2017, the inbound transportation by air significantly increased from 26.8% in 2016 to 37.8% in 2017. Our supplied spectacles were more often distributed to GrandVision via air resulting in a 44% increase in weight transported by air. This increase can be attributed to the rise in demand for our spectacles. In order to decrease the lead time and to ensure the availability of our products in our stores to meet our customers’ demand. Unfortunately, GrandVision herewith faces the dilemma of decreasing lead time and increasing sales or compromising our transport footprint.
Measuring our CO2 emissions
We measure the overall CO2 emissions of our operations and on a per spectacle basis. The carbon emissions of our operations, which consists of transportation and processing, increased by 34% to 9.01 kilotons of CO2. Although the emissions related to processing decrease slightly by 0.3%, the increase of transported goods significantly impacts our overall CO2 footprint. The increase in transported spectacles caused a 62% rise of our total CO2 emissions from 3.73 to 6.04 kilotons CO2, due mainly to a larger share of transported spectacles by air.
Per spectacle the emissions related to processing and transport in 2017 were 848 grams of CO2, an increase of 33% compared to 2016. The emissions per spectacle related to processing decreased by 1% compared to the 2016 baseline. Compared to this baseline we want to achieve our 2025 target by reducing process emissions per spectacle by 20%.