Some 70% of LVMH’s greenhouse gas emissions are attributable to energy consumption at the Group’s stores, which span over a million square meters of retail floorspace worldwide. To help fight climate change, LVMH and its Houses have placed priority on improving the energy performance of retail spaces.
LVMH Houses’ transitions to LED lighting
The first lever is the deployment of LED (Light-Emitting Diode) lighting, which cuts energy consumption by an average of 30% compared with conventional lighting. LVMH has developed substantial expertise in this area, launching the LVMH Lighting program in 2012. This policy has led to the creation of an internal online sourcing platform, making it easier for LVMH brands to find the best possible solutions. Many of them have already taken significant actions, including Dior Couture, which will equip all new stores with LED lights and is already using the technology to light 90% of existing store facades.
LVMH also encourages its brands to turn the lights out in store windows at night to help cut energy consumption. This has resulted in significant energy and cost savings.
Bulgari renovates Rome store
Sustainable construction and renovation work that takes environmental impact into account is another way to improve the energy performance of stores. The famous Bulgari store on Via Condotti in Rome is a case study in excellence in this regard. The entirely renovated store meets the highest standards of environmental protection and recommendations to combat climate change. The installation of all-LED lighting, for example, has reduced energy consumption by nearly 40%.
Sephora rolls out energy management system
The LVMH Group has in recent years taken steps to ensure optimized energy management for retail spaces. A pilot project is currently in place at 14 stores around the world. Sephora U.S. has since 2007 implemented an energy management system for its stores. Currently 288 Sephora stores are equipped, and 100% will have an EMS in place in 2018. These systems enable real-time management of consumption in order to identify opportunities for savings and drive a continuous improvement process.