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Green electricity produced in France

Harnessing the power of water, waves and tides, the wind, the sun or the earth, biomass from forests, agriculture, and from waste of all kinds,  so-called "green" electricity is produced using the inexhaustible forces of nature, contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
 
In France, renewable energies accounted for 20% of total electricity production in 2018. To meet the climate challenge, this share must reach 40% in 2030 through the development of production capacities. In this period of energy transition, Hermès sought the best solution that favoured green electricity for its own consumption in France, supporting the Paris agreement of December 2015 without delay. This led the house to choose EDF's 100% renewable energy option, which was the only nationwide offer for industry at the time.
The contract between Hermès and the long-standing electricity provider promotes renewable energies in France. It ensures that a quantity of electricity equivalent to that consumed by the group's stores, workshops, offices and other facilities in France is injected into the grid in the form of so-called "green" electricity, and that it comes from French sources. EDF either produces kilowatt-hours directly using its own renewable energy capacity (mainly hydroelectric power plants), or purchases them from competing producers on the French Powernext electricity exchange.
In the latter case, the idea is to apply a form of compensation that is not unlike the mechanism used to offset CO2 emissions.
 
The guarantee of origin (GO) for a source of supply is exercised through certificates of origin sent by EDF to Powernext, which thus acts as a certification body. The number of this GO allows Hermès to identify the production site that issued it, most often a hydroelectric power plant. Hydraulic power remains the leading source of renewable energy in France.


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    Hermès employs 13,500 men and women, including 4,500 craftspeople, who form the first métier of the house. This land of hand changes and hires nonstop. To train, pass on, develop, ensure well-being, health and solidarity… Our ambition is to stimulate the personal growth of everyone involved.
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    Hermès endeavors to exalt, in twenty or so métiers, the most beautiful materials offered by nature. Our artisans’ skillful hands respect leather, silk, fabric, wood, crystal and precious metals. To preserve, optimize, revalue and draw… Our duty is to achieve the sustainable use of these resources.
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    Hermès owns 41 of its 52 manufactures in France and more than 300 stores around the world. Our proximity with suppliers, partners and territories is cultivated in the field. To fertilize, mesh, renovate and be committed… Our role, as an environment-friendly company, is to build sustainable ties.