Switching on renewable energy to improve Gucci’s carbon footprint
Transitioning to renewable energy as a clean energy source to avoid environmental impact, like air and water pollution, is an important aspect of Gucci’s climate strategy and contributes to the reduction of our overall Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) account.
By the end of 2022 we will reach our target of purchasing 100% renewable energy for all our direct operations, having already achieved 83% green energy consumption in our stores, offices and warehouses worldwide in 2019, including all those in Europe, North and South America and Asia.
Just one example of this transformation to sustainability in action is that we installed photovoltaic panelling on the rooftops of our two Italian headquarters based in Florence and Milan, which directly converts sunlight into usable green electricity for these sites.
By replacing non-renewable energy from fossil fuels with green energy, Gucci has reduced its CO2 footprint year on year, resulting in savings of 45,800 tons of CO2 in 2018 and 59,200 tons in 2019.
In accordance with our Sustainability Principles, Gucci supports suppliers in the implementation of virtuous solutions for their energy consumptions. Our suppliers are required to progressively increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy, thanks for example to the production onsite of renewable energy and through the direct purchase from renewable energy sources.
Overall, along Gucci supply chain, suppliers use 25% of renewable energy, with a peak of over 50% in leather manufacturing processes and of 40% in footwear manufacturing.
Gucci’s renewable energy in numbers:
- +166% increase of green energy use (2017 to 2019)
- 83% green energy use in 2019
- 100% green energy use by the end of 2022