By improving the energy efficiency of stores, the Group reduces their electricity consumption and its indirect impact on greenhouse gas emissions. It continues working towards its target to reduce its electricity consumption per square metre of retail space by 20% between 2012 and 2020.
Reducing energy consumption is addressed through a continuous improvement process, which is based on carrying out energy audits for sites, monitoring consumption, and implementing an energy renovation programme. In France, more than 800 Géant and Monoprix stores and Casino supermarkets are covered by Energy Performance Contracts (EPCs).
In Brazil, the 140 GPA hypermarkets and 182 supermarkets underwent energy renovation work in 2015 and 2016 to switch to LED lighting and improve air conditioning and commercial refrigeration systems. In Colombia, Exito develops natural lighting, fits stores with LED tube lights and is standardizing the installation of smart meters.
Energy efficiency is one of the criteria applied in the environmental certification of buildings. In France, 30% of shopping centres are certified Outstanding under BREEAM In-Use standard. In Columbia, Grupo Exito was awarded LEED Silver certification on two occasions for the Exito store in Cundinamarca and LEED Gold for the Viva de Riohacha shopping centre. Three Pao de Azucar stores were also LEED-certified.