ENERGY AND EMISSIONS
While we recognise that our direct carbon footprint is relatively small compared to that of other business sectors, we are committed to minimising our impact on the natural environment through energy efficiency initiatives, especially in the boutiques, while optimising energy use on manufacturing sites and promoting awareness-raising initiatives.
CARBON FOOTPRINT / CARBON NEUTRALITY
We recognise that we have a role in controlling greenhouse gas emissions, which is why we measure our emissions each year and aim to reduce them.
Through measurement and the purchase of ‘carbon offsets', Cartier has been carbon neutral since March 2009.
Our carbon footprint is calculated using a template adapted from the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) tools. This protocol is the internationally accepted template for accounting and reporting on GHG emissions.
The measurement covers:
- Direct GHG emissions from sources that are owned or controlled by the company. It includes energy use from buildings and emissions associated with the vehicles we operate.
- Indirect emissions associated with purchased electricity, heat and steam.
- Other indirect emissions resulting from the usage of private cars and the mileage from the use of commercial airlines for business travel.
CARTIER BOUTIQUES SHOWCASE COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Jewellery and watches need to be lit with powerful high-quality, high-intensity lighting.
Prompted by concern for the environmental and economic impact of lighting in its boutiques, Cartier has redesigned its lighting concept with a view to reconciling in-store requirements with a reduced impact on the environment.
We began working with our suppliers to identify responsible solutions in 2002. Cartier subsequently commissioned its partners to develop LED technology that provides the same quality of light with 50% less energy consumption and noticeably reduced heat emissions, adding up to significant energy savings overall.
The Cartier lighting charter incorporates the latest sustainable development requirements and compliant new lighting sources consistent with the new French HQE environmental quality standard for the construction sector. The HQE standard applies the three pillars and sustainable development concerns to construction life cycles.
The objective over the next three years is to fit all boutiques with low-energy lighting throughout, provided that the technology can be developed at a sufficient pace.
Cartier has been a pioneer in making the switch to LED bulbs to display its watches and jewellery. The new lighting system made its début in table lamps and wall display cases in 2009, and was extended to counters and wall-mounted lighting in 2010. As of 2012, all of our new boutiques are systematically fitted with LED lights throughout.