Third strategic area for sustainability

Eco-sustainability implies increasingly ambitious challenges, difficulties and ongoing efforts. Autogrill Group recognizes its responsibilities vis-à-vis reducing energy, water and raw material consumption in favor of clean and renewable energy sources, recycled materials and a lower impact on the environment, despite the fact that the company does not leave a deep carbon footprint. Strongly relying on this belief, Autogrill further committed to eco-sustainability, turning it into a concrete strategy, a growth vector and orientation for a future driven by environmental protection. In this respect, a fundamental role is played by the investments in the research and development of solutions that enhance the quality of the environment and promote innovative projects that involve all the different stakeholders.

Planet is the third strategic element in the Group’s Afuture Roadmap, establishing the targets in the matter of energy and water efficiency. The challenge for 2015 is to reduce energy consumption in the stores by 10% and by 30% in the new facilities, and also to reduce the consumption of water by 10% in existing stores and by 30% in the new ones. Another challenge for 2015 is the certification of 30 stores according to the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards in the matter of design, construction of green, energy efficient and low impact buildings, the first of which is the Delaware Welcome Center in the United States in 2010.

Reduction in energy and water consumption:

  • –10% for existing stores;
  • –30% for new openings;
  • 30 LEED certified points of sale.

Autogrill operates in a complex scenario where the key players are all intertwined: pursuing the steps of the Sustainability Roadmap also means involving external partners in addition to the countries in which the Group operates. It is of the essence to start implementing systems to monitor consumption and costs. The key challenge is centered in the stores which are part of those channels having difficulty in accurately tracking utility consumption trends, because directly managed by the landlord. A gradual, step-by-step approach will be adopted to allow a progressive alignment of the countries. The next step is to involve the external partners, with whom to collaborate in the design of innovative solutions to increase plant efficiency and develop value added energy plans for the environment and for the organization.