By managing our store utilities efficiently

As a global retailer with over 7,000 stores worldwide, we understand that a large part of our environmental impact comes from the electricity we use in our stores.


To be better able to monitor our impact, we have started to measure the annual resource consumption of our store network. Apart from furniture, paper and stationery, the most important resources our stores use are electricity and gas, and to a lesser extent, water. In 2018, our 7,095 stores used a total of 147 GWh electricity, over 6 million m³ natural gas for heating purposes and 325,500 m³ water. On average, a store use 20 GWh electricity, 860 m³ gas and 50 m³ water per year.


Overall, the energy use of our store network is equivalent of the emission of 58,453 ton CO2 (or 8.2 ton CO2 per store).


It is our ambition to reduce our environmental footprint and improve our energy efficiency. One way of doing it is by deploying a standardized GrandVision store concept. This store design and technical specifications include guidelines for efficient technical installations, such as LED lighting and efficient air conditioning systems, as well as a more optimized store layout, leading to up to average of 15 m² of floor space reduction per store. Currently, ca. 40% of our worldwide store portfolio follows this concept. While in total, almost 3,000 stores (>40%) are equipped with LED lights. By 2025, all our stores should be equipped with LED lighting.





Our CO2 footprint


We measure the overall CO2 emissions of our operations on an organizational level and per spectacle. Included in our CO2 calculations is the energy usage of our TechCenters and the emissions related to transportation. In 2018, we added energy use to the scope of our CO2 footprint calculations.


Our target for 2025 is to have reduced process emissions per spectacle by 20%.


Carbon footprint - total processed spectacles 2015 2016 2017 2018
CO2 emissions (Ktons) 7.18 6.72 9.01 6.52
Processing* 3.49 2.98 2.97 2.68
Transport 3.68 3.73 6.04 3.85
Carbon footprint – per processed spectacle 2015 2016 2017 2018
CO2 efficiency (grams CO2 per spectacle) 803 639 848 564
Processing* 391 284 280 231
Transport 412 355 568 332

*The carbon footprint of processing of 2015 and 2016 are restated due to a retrospective update of the IEA carbon emission factors for electricity and gas.


Currently, our CO2 calculations include the transportation from the sourced production facilities via our central warehouse to local distribution centers and the energy use of our TechCenters and store network. Excluded are, for example, material use, transport to local stores and waste management.


In 2019 and beyond, we will work to improve our insights into our environmental footprint.


Read more about it on our 2018 Annual Report: By managing our store utilities efficiently