“Energy sobriety” is spreading among traders. After food businesses, major specialized retail brands, such as Decathlon, Ikea or Fnac-Darty, will join the protocol aimed at reducing the energy consumption of stores, France Commerce announced on Monday.
“We are delighted with the mobilization of the major retail brands, faced with this challenge of energy sobriety and reduction of our electricity consumption”, declared in a press release Jacques Creyssel, the spokesperson for France Commerce, which brings together food and non-food retail brands.
The efforts of these brands (Boulanger, Electro Dépôt, Brico Dépôt, Castorama, Décathlon, Fnac-Darty, Ikea, Leroy Merlin) illustrate, according to him, “the responsible nature of (their) sector, which has long been committed to reducing its environmental impact”. “I welcome the announcements of the major specialized distribution brands (DIY, household appliances, furniture, etc.) to reduce the electricity consumption of their stores”, reacted Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition, in a statement sent to the AFP.
“By mobilizing, the major players in the distribution will also allow the smallest brands to join these efforts without fear of losing attractiveness”, she added, recalling the objective of a reduction of 10 % of national energy consumption within two years.
Switching off illuminated signs, lowering the ambient temperature
According to France Commerce, the protocol provides in particular for the extinction of illuminated signs as soon as the store closes, the reduction of the light intensity inside before the arrival of the public and even when it is present during critical consumption periods. , the drop in the ambient temperature of the points of sale or even the interruption of air renewal during the night.
President Emmanuel Macron explained on July 14 that the state was preparing an energy “sobriety plan” to deal with the risk of shortages linked to the war in Ukraine, calling for “collectively returning to a logic of sobriety”.
Risk of supply shortage
Last week, the Perifem federation, which brings together all the players in the distribution sector, presented “common and concrete measures”, announced from October 15 but on which professionals are working now, to deal with the ” risk of electricity supply shortages announced by the government for this winter”.
The first measures had been taken by E.Leclerc, Carrefour, Système U, Les Mousquetaires Intermarché, Auchan, Casino, Franprix, Monoprix, Lidl and even Picard, and Perifem said it hoped that the protocol would serve as “a basis for all federations trade and distribution for the generalization of these measures”.
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