For many years, FDJ has been working to reduce its environmental footprint and help meet the challenges of preserving the environment and combating climate change.
Faced in its business with societal challenges including the preservation of the environment and the fight against climate change, FDJ has set itself the objectives of:
- ● Reducing its carbon emissions by 20% between 2018 and 2025
- ● Achieving carbon neutrality by 2019
- ● Being recognised as a responsible business
Since 2008, FDJ has embarked on an ambitious approach to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its entire scope of responsibility (from its sites to its points of sale).
Its actions include reducing its energy consumption, reducing the number of commercial vehicles and their CO2 emissions, recycling 80% of all gaming terminals and end-of-life furniture, and printing all gaming materials on paper from sustainably managed forests (FSC).
Reducing the FDJ Group’s carbon impact
In 2018, the Group emitted 54,037 Teq.CO2 across all scopes (based on the Bilan Carbone® methodology). On Scopes 1 and 2, reflecting FDJ’s direct responsibility, GHG emissions represented 1.80 Teq.CO2 per employee.
Between 2017 and 2018, the Company’s direct emissions (Scopes 1 and 2) fell largely on the back of a 30% reduction in energy consumption (electricity and gas) and an 85% reduction in consumption excluding energy (air conditioning). Over its entire scope of responsibility (from its sites to its points of sale), the Group’s GHG emissions increased due to the relocations of the various Ile-de-France sites: increase in waste and fixed assets such as furniture (for employees’ offices and meeting rooms), IT equipment (laptops and meeting room equipment).
Greenhouse gas emissions (ADEME method)
Delivering a carbon reduction plan by 2025
The FDJ Group is stepping up its action, with the aim of reducing its carbon emissions by 20% over its entire scope of responsibility between 2018 and 2025.
This objective is broken down into 4 measures:
- ● 20% reduction in carbon emissions
- ● 100% of energy supplies from renewable sources
- ● 15% reduction in carbon emissions (excluding suppliers)
- ● Engagement of 65% of suppliers in actions to reduce their carbon emissions.
These FDJ Group carbon reduction targets have been approved by the international Science Based Targets initiative.
Science Based Targets
The Science Based Targets initiative is an international non-profit endeavour launched by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), WWF and the World Resources Institute at COP21 in Paris in 2015.
Its aim is to help companies set and validate their greenhouse gas reduction targets in line with the overall goal, defined by the IPCC, of limiting the increase in average global temperatures to less than 2°C by 2100.
On top of initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions, FDJ is also committed to being carbon-neutral by 2019, by offsetting emissions that could not be avoided each year: FDJ finances projects certified Gold Standard and/or VCS (Verified Carbon Standard) for their reliability and their international recognition, particularly by the UN.
The two projects selected contribute to:
- ● The preservation of biodiversity in the Floresta de Portel forest in Brazil
- ● The use of renewable energies, with a Verified Carbon Standard-certified wind turbine project in India, bearing in mind that nearly one in four people in India do not have access to electricity.
These actions are described more fully in the Group’s Environmental policy
Acting to preserve biodiversity
In addition to its commitment to the fight against global warming, FDJ is developing initiatives aimed at promoting biodiversity to preserve the planet’s natural assets:
- ● Since 2012, 100% of scratch cards have been printed on paper from FSC®-certified sources. The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council®) label aims to preserve the world’s forests. It promotes the diversity of species, preserves the soil, fauna and flora and helps combat the destruction of habitats and wetlands.
- ● In addition to international carbon offset projects, in 2019, FDJ began funding a project called “FSC Biodiversity Ecosystem Services” to preserve biodiversity in France. This innovative project aims to protect and restore French forest environments (Saint-Sylvestre, in Haute Vienne) for rare and endangered species. Some species, notably bats and birds, are also included on the IUCN red list. The project is being implemented by IP Foret Services, holder of an FSC collective management certificate, and the tools used for it have been developed with NGOs including WWF France and expert naturalists.