Each brand has a well-defined identity, with a specific values which are reflected in the product offering, features and design, as well as in appropriate communication mechanics.
We remain convinced that our balanced business model, combining profitable growth and a resolutely responsible approach, creates value for all and plays a full part in our contribution to better living in households around the world.
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Because 70% of our greenhouse gas emissions come from the energy consumed using our products, their energy efficiency is our first front of action for shrinking our carbon footprint. We have made substantial progress in this area, by bringing the innovation teams a wide-ranging system of eco-design training.
The vacuum cleaner sector is an excellent illustration of this progress. To achieve enhanced performance, the teams worked on three aspects:
the optimization of all aeraulic flows to reduce pressure loss. Through these efforts, in 2016, all the ranges demonstrated an increase in energy efficiency of 60% to 70% compared with the ranges in 2014. [CM1] Our R&D teams have succeeded in dividing the energy consumption of cylinder vacuum cleaners by three, with no compromises on dust removal efficiency or sound levels.
Mindful of the importance of energy issues, we have globalized our policy since 2015 through the Smart Energy Products project, led by a team of individuals from the Quality, Standards and Environment Department, the Sustainable Development Department, and the Research Department, working closely with the business activities. This group is tasked with identifying product families with the greatest impact in terms of energy consumption and focusing energy efficiency efforts on these ranges.