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As an energy efficiency leader, Rexel needs to set an example by improving the energy efficiency of its own sites. The challenges

are many: reducing energy costs and minimizing each site s carbon footprint, as well as demonstrating that the Group s technical

solutions are effective, sustainable and cost-efficient.


OPTIMIZING REAL ESTATE HOLDINGS AND BUILDINGS Whenever a new site is opened, Rexel makes a specific effort to choose recent, more energy-ef- ficient structures that were built to meet more stringent energy regulations or that have been granted environmental certifica- tion (such as HQE, the French High Environmental Quality manage- ment standard). Rexel selects the most appropriate solutions for renovating the buildings that it oc- cupies, most of which are leased. In lighting, for example, Rexel gives priority to low-energy technologies (particularly LED). In addition, the installation of tech- nical building services (TBS) opti- mizes consumption through the

regulation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, combined with lighting and window/door control using motion and ambient light sensors.

MONITORING CONSUMPTION AND RAISING END-USER AWARENESS Improving energy efficiency also depends on knowledge and the capacity to measure and control consumption. For this reason, Rexel has implemented systems in several countries, particular- ly in the UK and the US, for moni- toring consumption, either in real time or on a monthly basis. These systems can pinpoint areas for improvement and optimize energy- saving efforts. Thus, since 2011, Rexel USA has been working with the energy pur- chasing and management special- ist Ecova, to manage the energy supply for all of its sites (around >>

REDUCTION in electricity consumed by the Rexel Group between 2013 and 2014 (on a like- for-like basis)