We now have a very widespread distribution network, with over 1,000 stores in over 70 countries. For many years, for both economic and ecological reasons, we have kept our use of air transport a minimum. When we calculated our carbon footprint in early 2009, we realized that, only 5% of freight was transported by air (This 5% accounted for 80% of our greenhouse gas emissions).
So, later in 2009, we started to think about how to reduce the use of air transport. Several countries used to transport their products by plane, because they could travel at cool. We changed our practices for these destinations, using cooled containers transported by boat. These actions allowed us to reduce the air freight about 2.5% of the total freight transport!
We also began with developing Intermodal Transport. The combined rail and road transport supplied our stores in Paris, the North of France, Belgium and in the United Kingdom. The delivery of our 34 stores in Paris by intermodal transport allowed us to reduce our carbon emissions by over 60 CO2-equivalent tons per year!
Earlier in 2008, we had already decided that when choosing our logistics suppliers, we would take into account their Sustainable Development Policy, in addition to our usual criteria.
What are the perspectives?
We are always looking for alternative ways of transport and trying to minimize our greenhouse impacts. For the future, we want to develop reusable logistic containers, as plastic boxes, instead of using single-use card-boards. We will also concentrate our efforts on the improvement of the filling of all the logistic containers 1 . A study will looked at our deliveries in Europe to identify the cases (products and stores) in which we could insist on delivering full boxes of products.Finally, we are working on the possibility of setting up the final delivery (city centers routes) by electric vehicles.
All the logistic containers 1 :
A study looked at our deliveries in Europe to identify the cases (products and stores) in which we could insist on delivering full boxes of products. More full boxes = fewer packing materials = better utilization of transport = less CO2 emissions...