Energy is a precious asset that Autogrill Group intends to use responsibly. The commercial structures open to the public imply a considerable consumption of energy for lighting and all the necessary technological equipment. Autogrill ensures that this considerable energy expenditure never translates into waste and to this end, next generation equipment and plants are the rule in the stores. The use of innovative equipment enables the Group to avoid waste, monitor energy efficiency and adopt corrective actions that generate additional savings. For the provision of catering services, the performance of periodic assessments and the possibility of applying specific changes to the structure and the equipment used in relation to the duration of the concession is of the essence.
Within specific infrastructures, where utilities are managed centrally by the landlord, like airports or railway stations, it is difficult to collect detailed data about consumption and utility costs, because they are already included in the concession agreements stipulated with the landlords. This is important to note, because it reduces the Group's leverage, though in recent years this situation is gradually changing, showing an increased engagement also from airport landlords.
Inside the Los Angeles International Airport HmsHost installed Energy Star certified equipment (refrigerators, grill hot plates, etc.).
Another interesting action was also the innovation of the Energy Management system inside the new International Terminal F in Atlanta (built in 2012- 2013). This refers to an innovative ventilation system used in kitchens. Through this integrated system, the fans automatically change based on the temperature in the discharging pipes to save energy. This new system distinguishes between the moments in which food is being prepared, troughs and peaks. With normal traffic, fan speed slows down and the air ventilation switches off, thus reducing operating costs.
In the Netherlands concerted efforts were made to bring about improvements, especially with regard to energy efficiency. These efforts resulted in the achievement of targeted objectives: in recent years smart energy meters were installed in all stores as well as gas meters.
In recent years, the Autogrill Group has ramped up its commitment to the development of commercial structures equipped with top-notch tools to monitor and manage waste. The approach was multifaceted and cross-sectional: from the set point temperature changes to failure prevention by exploiting technological alerts; from network staff training during the performance of audits to the weekly analysis of consumption to monitor shortterm actions; from the computation of consumption to verify management failures to the prompt reporting of failures that may have an impact on consumption.
In Italy, energy consumption in comparable stores was reduced by 3.74% (equal to 4.94 GWh) in 2013, compared to 20127.
Sharing best practices among the countries within the Group plays a fundamental role in terms of engineering and technical purchases, similarly to the management of other aspects of the business (human resources, product offering and new service development). For instance, the use of LED technology in new stores is spreading in all the countries in which the Group operates. Moreover, in Spain, following the example of Italy, stores have implemented High-Speed Grill hot plates.
Developed in collaboration with Electrolux, this solution combines three different technologies in a single piece of equipment (contact plate, infrared and microwave).
30 seconds are sufficient to warm up a sandwich, instead of the 2 minutes required using traditional plates, and they consume 0.5 KW/hour, half as much as the traditional ones. This technology also contributed to improving employee safety in the workplace.
Spain is also looking into the use of domotics to control light systems, heating, air conditioning and production equipment. A pilot system was successfully installed in a few stores and yielded good energy savings.
In addition, after an initial test, which proved very successful with consumers, open refrigerators were replaced with refrigerators equipped with sliding doors in the stores in Europe. This small modification will also result in energy savings.