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2016 Sustainability Report
published 2017/08/01

Greenhouse Gas Emissions Overview

All greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions produced at our Obereisenbach headquarters have been included in our corporate carbon footprint.

When resources are consumed due to industrial use, climate-damaging greenhouse gas emissions are produced. We have set ourselves a goal of reducing our emissions as much as possible.

This page provides the most important facts and figures from our carbon footprint. The full report can be downloaded here


The methodological approach of our carbon footprint and why the topic is important for VAUDE is explained here


22% fewer emissions since 2011

VAUDE has already achieved significant emission savings at the company headquarters since 2011: 22% since 2011. Compared to 2015, emissions fell by 6%.


Total amount of emissions in tonnes Co2e (carbon dioxide equivalents)

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Distribution of VAUDE emissions 2016 in tonnes CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents)

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Yearly comparison of emissions per area in tonnes of Co2e (carbon dioxide equivalents)

Area201120152016Difference 2016 to 2015Difference 2016 to 2011

Business Travel

865

880

917

4%

6%

Commuting

734

454

358

-21%

-51%

Material Production

700

1.092

923

-15%

32%

Other Materials 

230

277

293

6%

27%

Website

 

 

105

 

 

Energy

215

122

83

-32%

-62%

Printed Materials

819

80

48

-41%

-94%

Consumables

51

55

67

20%

29%

Transport proportional (OEB products)

44

90

80

-12%

81%

Waste

45

22

16

-28%

-64%

Water

0

1

1

0%

158%

Total

3.704

3.074

2.889

-6%

-22%

 
 

Annual comparison of emissions in tonnes of Co2e (carbon dioxide equivalents)

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New VAUDE Manufaktur with a fantastic CO2 balance

After a lightning strike in 2015, we built a new production hall for our Made in Germany Manufaktur in 2016. A well-balanced carbon footprint played an important role. We opted to use wood for the construction; from an emissions perspective, it’s the most environmentally friendly alternative, both in terms of production and throughout the entire life cycle.


Life cycle analysis of different construction types for the VAUDE Manufaktur production facility

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Ambitious mobility goals

Above all, we see a need for action on emissions from commuting and business travel. This is why our goal is to reduce emissions from passenger transport (business travel and commuter traffic) by 10% by 2020 (base year 2015).


According to data from our carbon footprint, we have achieved good progress - 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, in 2016 we refined our methodology for determining the number of employees who actually work in 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.

Our need for action in terms of emissions from business travel is high, yet our scope for action is limited.

Emissions in comparison

Despite higher production output (up 9% compared to 2015) and higher employee figures (up 4% since 2015), emissions have not risen. In a relative comparison per employee and per ton of production output, they have fallen.


Emissions per employee and per tonne of production output

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Background and details about resource consumption:

Energy: electricity and gas consumption

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Packaging: cardboard and plastic film

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Consumables

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Consumables include toilet paper, computers, printers and similar items.


 
 

Transportation of incoming and outgoing deliveries of VAUDE products

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Emissions based on scopes

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What are Scopes? Info here


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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