In 2008 VAUDE introduced an operational Environmental Management System and has been certified according to EMAS and ISO14001 since that time. Energy management plays a central role: all energy consumption is recorded and evaluated annually. From these results, we derive goals and measures. EMAS requires us to make continual improvements in the area of energy. We have been working consistently since 2008 in Tettnang-Obereisenbach toward:
Energy is an essential aspect for VAUDE because the production of VAUDE products requires energy, as does the all the rest of our business activities: goods transport,office heating, the company fleet, employees’ daily commute and computer electrical consumption.
This applies to the company headquarters at our Tettnang-Obereisenbach site, but of course, especially to the production of the VAUDE products and all the materials needed for the rest of the supply chain.
All energy consumption causes harmful emissions. To compensate for the negative effects of our energy use, we have been compensating for this (and for other resource consumption, such as materials) since 2012 at the company headquarters in Tettnang Obereisenbach with the myclimate organization. This makes the entire VAUDE headquarters in Tettnang-Obereisenbach including the bags produced there "climate neutral" – see Climate Neutral Business.
VAUDE has renovated a part of the building that had been used as a warehouse in accordance with DGNB- standards (German Sustainable Building Council) to make offices. The entire administration building was modernized and energy efficiency played a prominent role in this process. The building has attained a very high energy efficiency standard due to better insulation and clever lighting solutions.
VAUDE has made internal commitments to keeping upstream energy consumption as low as possible for goods and services that we procure at our headquarters in Tettnang-Obereisenbach.
Here are a few examples:
VAUDE is subject to applicable legal regulations regarding energy in Germany.
These are in particular:
Energy is also needed throughout our entire value chain. All upstream and downstream activities of product manufacturing, the related machines required, transport resulting from shipping, business travel and commuting, the use of the product during their product life and even waste disposal also require energy in the form of electricity, fuel, etc.
As this energy consumption causes harmful emissions, we also report in regards to climate protection – see "Emissions".
VAUDE is subject to applicable legal regulations regarding energy in Germany. These are in particular: