KINGFISHER France, which brings together the Castorama and Brico Dépôt DIY and home improvement banners, has been calling on EFICIA, a Frenchtech expert in energy management for tertiary buildings, for over 5 years to support it in its objectives to reduce its energy consumption and, more globally, its carbon footprint. Since 2017, EFICIA has been piloting the energy consumption of all stores under the Castorama and Brico Dépôt banners, i.e. 215 sites in France.
A user of software to visualize the energy consumption of its stores since 2010, KINGFISHER France chose ISO 50 001 certification back in 2015 to make a lasting commitment to reducing its carbon emissions.
In 2017, KINGFISHER France accelerated its energy performance approach by turning to EFICIA to delegate the energy management of its real estate assets in France. The Kingfisher group is committed to reducing its building-related carbon emissions (scope 1 and 2) by 38% by 2025, and to achieving zero net CO2 emissions by 2040.
Going even further in reducing its energy consumption and carbon footprint
Since 2017, an average of 40 stores a year have been equipped by EFICIA with its intelligent control solution, which includes not only the physical installation of control equipment, but also the implementation of a bespoke software platform developed by EFICIA for network employees, their awareness-raising and training in the tool.
Since 2022, 100% of Castorama and Brico Dépôt stores have been equipped, managed and controlled by EFICIA. The implementation of this property performance policy has directly contributed to the renewal of KINGFISHER France’s ISO 50001 certification twice in the last six years.
Thanks to control systems and the associated “energy intelligence services”, EFICIA and KINGFISHER France have been able to identify the most energy-intensive uses of energy, correct any deviations and rapidly and sustainably improve the energy performance of lighting, heating and air conditioning in stores. To go further, EFICIA and KINGFISHER France were able to determine the investments needed to improve energy consumption by implementing the right reduction levers, such as LED relamping and lowering heating by two degrees in its stores.
“EFICIA has been supporting us for over 5 years in our daily commitment to improving our energy consumption. With their team, we were able to anticipate the BACS Decree and the obligations of the Tertiary Decree. Thanks to the various levers deployed, we are proud to be able to say today that we have already reduced our energy consumption in our stores by 40% since 2010,” says Sandrine Lefèbvre, CSR Manager at Immobilière KINGFISHER France. “.
EFICIA is a true expert partner, with whom we work hand in hand to achieve our energy reduction targets together, without waiting for a law or decree to force us to do so. We’re well on the way to meeting this challenge, having already reduced our carbon footprint by 29% by 2022 compared with 2016,” she continues.
With the collaboration in France a success, the KINGFISHER Group wanted to extend it internationally by equipping its Spanish and Portuguese banners.
“When we have solutions that work, we deploy them within the group. As EFICIA is present in Spain and Portugal, it was natural for us to introduce them to our counterparts in these countries, so that they too could benefit from our partner’s energy expertise,” explains Sandrine Lefèbvre.
KINGFISHER & EFICIA’s outlook: always anticipating and innovating!
Both players are keen to do more for the environment, and both are aware that another major challenge is on the rise – that of water. They are therefore jointly considering the possibility of integrating their water consumption data into the EFICIA platform. This new functionality will enable KINGFISHER France to monitor its consumption, optimize it and identify potential leaks in its network.