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Reducing Rexel’s carbon footprint

Rexel is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its operations by at least 30% by 2020 (compared to 2010), as well as lowering its consumption of natural resources.

Strengthening environmental management

Continuously improving Rexel’s environmental performance is contingent on the quality and coherence of its management policy. Focusing on shared commitments, it is based on centralized data gathering and a thorough assessment of the Group’s impact.

Referential framework created by Rexel, the Environmental Charter explains the Group’s environmental commitments and mobilizes employees in order to integrate environmental responsibility into everyday work practices. By late 2017, this charter had been implemented in 95% of the Group’s locations.

Every year, Rexel carries out rigorous environmental reporting that helps identify and quantify the nature of its impact in order to establish improvement programs. Verified by an independent third-party organization, it is updated every year to ensure the reliability and relevance of its data. It depends on a network of 70 environmental correspondents tasked with gathering, processing and analyzing the data used to monitor performance indicators. In 2017, the subsidiaries received a full report of their environmental impact and their progress.

The Group encourages the implementation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS), which define and document procedures for controlling environmental impact to facilitate the management of improvement plans. A standard EMS has been provided to the subsidiaries. Designed like a toolbox, it includes an implementation methodology and an array of model documents that comply with the requirements of ISO 14001, which defines and frames the implementation of an environmental management system. By late 2017, 45% of the Group’s sites had implemented an EMS, and 25% of them had obtained ISO 14001 certification. Since 2017, 19% of Rexel’sites which represent 19% of the Group’s total energy consumption, have also obtained ISO 50001 certification, which guarantees rigorous and thrifty energy management.


environmental correspondents in Rexel’s countries of operation are tasked with gathering, processing and analyzing data used to monitor performance indicators.


of the Group’s sites had implemented an EMS by late 2017


of the Group'sites had obtained ISO 14001 certification by late 2017

Raising employee awareness

Raising employee awareness is an important pillar of the Group’s environmental approach. The aim is not only to disseminate policy and action plans, but also to encourage the adoption of sustainable practices – eco-friendly gestures – every day. The EcoDays campaigns, open to all employees on a trilingual website, are an indispensable disseminator. The Rexel Academy also contributes to raising awareness through sustainable development training programs. All of these initiatives contribute to meeting the objective of training and raising the awareness of 100% of the Group’s employees by 2020.

Aimed at all of the Group’s employees, the EcoDays campaigns are intended to inform them about Rexel’s approach to reducing its ecological footprint while highlighting the initiatives enacted at the global and the local level.

Improving our sites’ energy efficiency and carbon footprint

The greenhouse gas emissions associated with the energy consumed by buildings represent around 36% of the Group’s emissions (2017 figures). To lower these emissions, while setting an example of implementing the energy efficient and renewable energy solutions that the Group promotes, Rexel is taking active measures.

Favor efficient buildings

When moving into new offices, Rexel gives preference to recent buildings that were constructed in compliance with certified energy regulations. The Group’s Paris headquarters have thus been certified “HQE Exploitation” since 2016.

Renovate and optimize existing premises

For all other locations, renovations take precedence: low-consumption lighting, technical building management, motion sensors to optimize energy consumption, renewable energy use (solar panels, biomass, etc.), consumption management.

By the end of 2017, 80% of logistics and commercial sites were equipped with LED lighting. In Sweden, the new logistics center is now equipped with solar panels, 100% LED lighting, and electric vehicle charging stations. Finally, whenever relevant, Rexel signs supply contracts for electric power from renewable sources, as it did in the Netherlands or in Austria.

Reducing transportation’s carbon footprint

In the area of transportation, which represents 64% of the Group’s emissions (Scope 1 and 2), improvement measures are constantly enacted.

Thanks to efficient planning tools, the Group optimizes its deliveries. For example, it centralizes flows by using shared platforms and fleets, or by subcontracting with shared transportation.

In the UK, Microlise was established in 2016 across nearly all of Rexel’s utility vehicle fleet: this solution gathers data on the driver’s behavior as well as on the vehicle’s consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in real time. Its use has led to lower fuel consumption and improved drivers’ behavior.

Favoring more sustainable vehicles

Among the half of Rexel’s logistics flow that is subcontracted, the Group pays particular attention to the choice of service provider, preferring those who monitor the environmental performance of their vehicles and provide performance indicator reporting and driver training.

In Canada, Rexel’s subsidiary (Nedco), the leader in electric vehicle charging stations, uses Eeko Couriers’ 100% hybrid vehicle fleet. In return, the transporter enjoys free access to charging stations installed at the branch.


reduction in emissions recorded by the Group since 2010


part of transportation in the Group’s emissions (Scope 1* and 2**)


emissions reduction goal set by Rexel by 2020 (compared to 2010)

*Scope 1: Direct emissions from the consumption of primary energy and fuel by company vehicles
**Scope 2: Indirect emissions from the production of electricity and heat consumed by the Group’s sites

To limit the fuel consumption and GHG emissions of company vehicles, Rexel strives to streamline its fully-owned or rented vehicle fleet. The frequent updating of vehicle purchasing policies, as well as fleet renewal, are opportunities to lower the average emissions rate, for instance via the introduction of hybrid or electric vehicles.