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2015 Sustainability Report
published 2016/07/13

Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Detail

All greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced at our Tettnag Obereisenbach headquarters have been included in our corporate climate balance.

“Greenhouse Gas Protocol” as a foundation

When resources are consumed due to industrial use, climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions are produced. 


Here we are reporting on the most important facts and figures from our climate balance. The full balance can be downloaded here. 


The methodological approach of our climate balance and why the topic is important for VAUDE is explained here .


17% fewer emissions since 2011

VAUDE has already achieved significant emission savings at the company headquarters since 2011: 17% since 2011.


Total Amount of Emissions

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Compared to 2014 emissions, however, emissions increased by 3%. There are two reasons for this:

 
- Firstly, a significantly higher consumption of materials for the production of the waterproof bike bags. The production building, including large amounts of materials that had been stored there, burned in April 2015 due to a lightning strike (read more here ). These materials had to be re-purchased and of course qualified as "consumed", which is a cause of emissions.


- Secondly, there were much higher emissions due to the inevitable consumption of non-renewable energy sources. The production facility was temporarily moved to a rented building after the fire. Here we use the electricity and gas that the landlord requires - not from renewable energy sources. Although energy consumption has not risen significantly, a higher percentage of these emissions were caused by fossil fuels. 



(tCO2e)(tCO2e)(tCO2e)(%)(%)

Area

2011

2014

2015

Area Difference 2015 to 2014

Area Difference
2015 to 2011

Business Travel (tCO2e)

865

857

880

3%

2%

Commuting (tCO2e)

734

639

454

-29%

-38%

Material Finishing (tCO2e)

700

900

1.092

21%

56%

Material diverse use  (tCO2e)

230

238

277

16%

20%

Energy (tCO2e)

215

50

122

145%

-43%

Printed Materials (tCO2e)

819

127

80

-37%

-90%

Consumables  (tCO2e)

52

76

55

-27%

8%

Percentage of transport (OEB merchandise)  (tCO2e)

44

68

90

32%

105%

Waste (tCO2e)

45

25

22

-11%

-50%

Water (tCO2e)

0

1

1

4%

158%

Total

3.704

2.980

3.074

3%

-17%

Almost half of emissions are allotted to business trips and commuting:


VAUDE THG-Emissions

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Our goal was to reduce emissions from commuting by approx. 10% and from business trips by 20% in 2015.


According to data from our climate balance, we succeeded in doing this - but these values have to be treated with caution. On the one hand, the collection of commuting kilometers of employees who use environmentally-friendly transportation is based on voluntary self-reporting. We created the VAUDE Mobility Lottery as an incentive, but the accuracy of the information depends on employee motivation.


Secondly, starting in 2015 we refined our methodology for determining the number of employees who actually work in Tettnang-Obereisenbach and who commute there daily. As a result, the number of employees is lower - and the problems caused by commuting emissions are accordingly calculated likewise.


Mobility Goals

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We are far away from our goal of reducing business travel emissions by 20%. Our need for action is high; our options for action are limited. More here.


Despite higher production output (up 3% compared to 2014), emissions have not risen:


Emissions per employee and per ton of production output

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Source of emissions - yearly comparison

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Emissions by Scopes

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(What are Scopes? Info here.)



Energy: electricity and gas consumption

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Packaging: cardboard and foil

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Consumables

Consumables include copy paper, computers, printers and similar items.
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Transport shipping and receiving of VAUDE products

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GRI:   G4-EN15
Direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (Scope 1)
GRI:   G4-EN17
Other indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions (scope 3)
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