major retailers are committed to reducing their electricity consumption


Brands such as Boulanger, Castorama, Decathlon, Ikea or Leroy Merlin promise to turn off their neon signs when their stores are closed.

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Leclerc, Carrefour, Intermarché, Auchan, Casino, Franprix, Monoprix, Lidl and even Picard had already committed to reducing their electricity consumption. They will be imitated by the brands Boulanger, Electro Dépôt, Brico Dépôt, Castorama, Decathlon, Fnac-Darty, Ikea and Leroy Merlin. These major specialized distribution brands will indeed join the protocol of store distribution players, as announced by the France Commerce federation in a press release published on Monday July 25.

The latter provides in particular for the extinction of illuminated signs as soon as the store closes, the reduction of light intensity inside before the arrival of the public and even when it is present during critical periods of consumption, the reduction of the ambient temperature of the points of sale or even the interruption of air renewal during the night. According to Jacques Creyssel, spokesperson for France Commerce, these measures illustrate “the responsible nature of the sector, which has long been committed to reducing its environmental impact”.

“I welcome the announcements of these major brands to reduce the electricity consumption of their stores”reacted Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister of Energy Transition, in a statement sent to AFP. “By mobilizing, the major players in distribution will also allow smaller brands to join these efforts without fear of losing attractiveness”she also welcomed.

President Emmanuel Macron explained on July 14 that the State was preparing a “sobriety plan” energy to deal with the risk of shortage linked to the war in Ukraine, calling for “collectively return to a logic of sobriety”. The executive’s objective is to reduce national energy consumption by 10% within two years.

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