With a conference on “Climate & Logistics”, the LVMH Group and its Houses contributed to discussions during the COP21 meeting. The COP21 ended on Saturday, December 12th with the signature of a historic agreement. Watch a video recap of the conference at the “Generation Climate” village at Paris-Le Bourget.
Product deliveries account for a significant share of our environmental impact. While there is still much to do, we have made substantial progressin key areas such as greater use of maritime shipping and deliveries byelectric vehicles in cities, and deployment of the world’s first supplychain with ISO 14001 certification.
After an introduction by LVMH Environment Director Sylvie Bénard presenting the LIFE (LVMH Indicators For the Environment) program, Solar Impulse recalled the importance of the use of renewable energies for a carbon-free world and stressed the importance of sending a positive message about the environment.
The presentations all emphasized three issues in particular: maritime shipping for long-distance transport of products, the use of electric vehicles for local deliveries, and the importance of staff engagement to ensure the success of these progress initiatives.
With maritime shipping, the Houses underlined the challenges of managing restocking for large product volumes, requiring precise just-in-time shipments. Moët Hennessy, LVMH Fragrance Brands, Guerlain and other Houses have nevertheless achieved maritime-to-air transport ratios ranging from 55% to nearly 90%.
Sephora is working closely with French transporter Deret to handle 31,000 deliveries in France. Similar programs are also moving ahead in Shanghai. Guerlain has worked for many years already with Renault Trucks (click here to learn more).
Louis Vuitton, which has deployed the world’s first green supply chain to earn ISO 14001 certification, believes that the success of initiatives such as these depends above all on the strong engagement of everyone throughout the company. Indeed, environmental performance is a source of pride for employees and adds important meaning to their day-to-day work.
These many and varied best practices underline the degree to which the environment has become a cross-cutting and unifying pillar for LVMH and its Houses.