Hermès // 2021 Universal Registration Document
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY THE PLANET: ENVIRONMENT
In 2021, the consumption of Concession and Travel Retail stores was estimated at 3,860 MWh. The downward trend in the ratio of energy consumed by unit of sales surface (KWh/m2), especially in France and Asia, is attributable chiefly to the increase in LED lighting, together with improved management of energy consumption, which both continued. Offices and ancillary premises consumed 14,209 MWh in 2021, of which 10,818 MWh at the Paris and Pantin sites. For the stores, the improvement levers are the optimisation of lighting and air conditioning. At the end of 2021, 84% of Hermès Group stores were equipped with LED lighting , with an average reduction in energy consumption of around 20%. By 2023, all stores will be fully equipped with LED lighting. In addition, window and store lighting schedules are in use across the entire Hermès distribution network in order to reduce energy consumption. Lower electricity consumption, coupled with the fact that LED lighting generates far less heat than traditional lighting, has enabled us to consider downsizing in-store air conditioning units. This programme continued for all new projects and store renovations throughout 2021. Particular attention is paid to the insulation of store facades from the outside. In 2021, other initiatives (installation of individual electricity consumption meters and motion detector systems in fitting rooms, washrooms and back offices) were continued in all new store projects.
The energy consumption ratios of the tanneries remain consistent with the levels observed over the last three years. As a reminder, 2020 was marked by a decline in activity caused by the temporary closure of sites, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Textile / 16.2% increase in consumption in 2021 (increase of 1.9% compared to 2019) Energy consumption (gas and electricity) can be attributed mainly to equipment that produces high-temperature steam, as well as heating and lighting (workshops and offices). Each site continued the actions already started in previous years to optimise consumption and move towards more energy efficient equipment. Efforts to manage consumption during production stoppages (weekends and public holidays) and investment in renewable technologies (geothermal energy) during the industrial phase of the Passerelles project have helped to mitigate the consequences of the commissioning of new facilities and the new printing line. In 2021, Ateliers AS carried out its project to optimise the use of steam boilers, as well as the instrumentation of the boiler room in order to continuously monitor the energy performance index. In October 2021, the ATBC horsehair weaving site in Challes replaced its fuel oil boiler with a biomass boiler (wood pellets). This change will reduce GHG emissions from heating by 96%. J3L Electricity is the most widely used energy within J3L. As part of the programme initiated by Hermès, at the end of 2020, J3L launched a voluntary energy audit campaign at its sites to identify the main levers for reducing energy consumption and opportunities for replacing fossil fuels with other sources of energy that emit less greenhouse gas. In this context, the replacement of a fuel oil boiler is being studied, with the second one already using compressed wood pellets. More than half of the electricity consumed is used for surface treatment sites, which use the process of wet deposition of precious metals, electroplating, which involves applying a precise current for a given time depending on the desired surface area and thickness of deposit. The equipment maintenance strategy and the ability to produce “right the first time” are levers for optimising electricity consumption. Stores / 4% increase in consumption in 2021 The branch stores consumed 38,451 MWh of electricity in 2021 (of which 31,463 MWh reported by subsidiaries), i.e. an increase of 4% compared to 2020. These figures are correlated to a large extent by a balance between sales surface areas, mainly in Asia and the United States, and store closures and openings.
INNOVATE AND IMPROVE PRODUCTION PROCESSES BY CHOOSING THE CLEANEST, MOST ENERGY EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES AND THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY MATERIALS AVAILABLE
188.8.131.52.1 Contributing to the energy transition Since 1 November 2015, Hermès has decided to participate actively in the energy transition process. All French sites (production, services, and stores) are now 100% supplied with green electricity (hydro, solar or wind) produced in France. Distribution subsidiaries are gradually following this momentum. In 2021, 86.9% of the Group’s global electricity supply came from renewable sources (82.4% in 2020), i.e. 100,336 MWh/year. The Group has committed to lead its companies towards actions that are compatible with the less than 1.5 degrees global warming trajectory, through a “fair-transition” to achieve net zero CO 2 emissions in 2050, through its SBTi commitment.
2021 UNIVERSAL REGISTRATION DOCUMENT HERMÈS INTERNATIONAL
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