How can we reduce the impacts of the Group’s activities on the environment and adapt as a Group within the context of global warming? Fnac Darty has strengthened its governance and climate risk management system, and has set targets for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Paris Agreement.
Some key figures
at the end of 2022
A strategic objective
Fnac Darty has structured its governance to strategically address climate issues and has set ambitious objectives, in line with the level of decarbonization required to achieve the Paris Agreement objective.
In 2022, the Group submitted three science-aligned objectives to the Science Based Targets initiative**, which were validated in October:
- Reduce Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 50% by 2030 compared to 2019,
- Reduce the usage-linked emissions of each product sold by 22% by 2030 compared to 2019,
- Ensure that the suppliers making up 80% of the emissions linked to product manufacturing have set targets aligned with climate science by 2026.
Fnac Darty also continues to follow the reduction objective set out in its strategic plan Everyday: to reduce the emissions generated by transport and energy consumption at our sites by 50% by 2030 compared to 2019.
In order to steer these objectives and monitor the associated action plans, Fnac Darty created a quarterly Climate Committee in 2019, sponsored at the highest level by three members of the Executive Committee: the Group’s General Secretary, the Director of Services and Operations, and the Commercial Director.
Reducing the energy impact of our sites
In light of energy challenges, Fnac Darty strengthened its action in 2022 and rolled out an energy efficiency plan to drastically reduce its energy consumption. This plan includes significant investments to roll out LED lighting and consumption control equipment across all of its stores, as well as new temperature setpoints.
In France, the Group has set itself an ambitious objective: to reduce its electricity consumption by 15% by 2024 compared to 2022.
Fnac is committed to the development of renewable energy in France!
Fnac Darty has chosen to use traceable guarantee of origin certificates, particularly through direct Power Purchase Agreements with renewable energy producers. The Group has signed a Corporate Power Purchase Agreement for the production of a solar park in the Centre-Val de Loire region. The production of this plant began on April 1, 2023, and it is dedicated to the Group.
This long-term contract will not only enable Fnac Darty to green up its energy mix, but will also make the French energy mix greener.
Limiting the impact of our goods transport
Every day, thousands of products pass between the Group’s warehouses, its 987 stores and its millions of customers. To limit the impact of this road transport on air quality and global warming, the Group is focusing its efforts on several levers:
- Optimizing transport plans and the network of warehouses to limit the distances traveled by products,
- Optimizing truck loading,
- Giving preference to lower-emission vehicles (BioNGV, biofuels, electric),
- Developing multimodal transport, in particular, the first rail-road links.
In 2021, the France Transport Department joined the FRET 21 initiative, founded by ADEME (French Environment and Energy Management Agency) and AUTF (French Transport Association and Union). Fnac Darty has made a commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions in the transport sector by 10% over three years: https://fret21.eu/entreprise/fnac-darty/
As a signatory of the Charter of Commitments for the reduction of the environmental impact of online commerce, Fnac Darty is committed to reducing the environmental impact of its shipping by working on optimizing flows and reducing packaging, but also by raising the awareness of its customers so that they are informed about the impact of their delivery.
As part of a continuous improvement approach, the Group is working to improve the way it measures indirect emissions (Scope 3). For Fnac Darty, this concerns: products sold, commuting between home and work, customer travel, as well as digital technology. Regarding this last emission item, a Green IT approach has been launched by the IT department.
For two years, the Group has been measuring the impact of the new products it sells. This analysis takes into account the entire life cycle of the product, from its manufacture to its transport, including the use of the product and its end-of-life.
In order to highlight the positive impact of the Group’s actions to extend product life span, Fnac Darty also studies the “emissions avoided” by its repair activities and the sale of second-hand products. As a result, in 2022, more than 200,000 metric tons of CO2 were avoided thanks to repairs (compared to prematurely replacing the broken-down device).
*Carbon dioxide is the main greenhouse gas (GHG), but not the only one. To simplify the measurement of GHG emissions, the other gases are expressed by applying a conversion factor (the global warming potential). The resulting unit is expressed as “CO2 equivalent”.
**The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) aims to encourage companies to adopt carbon strategies aligned with scientific knowledge, i.e. aiming for the same decarbonization level as set out in the Paris Agreement