Retail Industry Sustainability | ENGIE Impact


It’s not easy being a retailer today. These organizations may have hundreds or thousands of sites across the globe, which makes it a challenge to plan and execute a holistic sustainability strategy. But with the right planning and implementation, organizations can quickly transform operations to increase economic returns and satisfy stakeholder demands.

What Challenges Are Retailers Facing Today?

With hundreds, or even thousands, of sites across the globe, retailers face big challenges gathering, normalizing, and managing the data from thousands of vendors that provide insight into cost and consumption across energy, water, waste, and carbon. To add to this complexity, the industry is also amid a major transformation in its business model, driven by the impact of online sales. For some, this transformation has led to smaller store footprints, larger distribution centers, and a more complex distributor supply chain. This makes portfolios even more disparate and harder to manage. Last but not least, retailers must manage disparate national, state, or local regulations on waste, including single-use plastic bags, recycling requirements, fines for hazardous waste and more.

What Retail Trends Support the Sustainability Transformation?

What Should Retailers Be Thinking About?

Some of the following actions can help retailers address current trends and external pressures while maximizing savings and resource efficiency.


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in retail energy savings equates to $20 in revenue


of retailers' revenue is from online sales


is spent by retail industry on energy each year


could be saved by retail industry by reducing energy use by 15%

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