VAUDE wants to be a completely climate-neutral company. We have already achieved this at the company headquarters in Tettnang. The next milestone is the VAUDE climate targets for the supply chain. More information here.
Here we describe how climate neutrality works.
This page summarizes the most important data and key figures from our carbon footprint assessment for the company headquarters in Tettnang. The full document can be downloaded here.
Emissions will never be completely avoidable as long as our global economy is based on fossil raw materials. We have already achieved some success in reducing the emissions generated by VAUDE. Thanks to climate compensation, VAUDE is already climate neutral in mathematical terms.
It is really an accomplishment when a company can grow faster than its emissions output. This is what is meant by ‘decoupling’.
For example, the emissions of our Manufaktur: when they don’t grow faster than our production volume (or even decrease) thanks to better utilization of the machines, less energy consumption or higher material efficiency. Or our emissions per employee: the same number or more employees, but without higher amounts of electricity, water, material consumption, etc. – that is our goal.
Overall, we have been able to significantly reduce emissions.
The biggest factors in this are material consumption in our Manufaktur. We intend to exert even greater influence by increasing our material efficiency: better utilization of the width of our materials and textiles for the individual pattern pieces and through the selection of more eco-friendly materials. More on the conversion of VAUDE products to biobased and recycled materials here.
We have already explained the subject of "decoupling" above. Total emissions in 2019 were roughly at the same level as in 2015. Since 2015, however, VAUDE has grown enormously - more employees, more space, more cars, more production, more sales, and so on. We were able to significantly reduce emissions in many areas (see below). Reducing emissions even further as the company grows remains a real challenge. Read more about VAUDE's sales development here.
How this affects energy consumption, for example, is shown here.
Read more about VAUDE's sales development here.
Employee mobility is a hard nut to crack. Although VAUDE has a Mobility Concept that is often cited as ‘best practice’, make up a major proportion every year. More on our mobility concept here.
We achieved our goal of reducing emissions from employee mobility by 10 % by 2020 compared to 2015 for the first time in 2018. Now we have to reduce emissions even further despite higher sales. As a new target, we have agreed to reduce emissions from employee mobility by an additional 25 % by 2024 compared with 2019.
More about our corporate growth here.
Information on energy consumption and emissions regarding corporate growth can be found here.
Information on energy consumption and emissions in relation to company growth can be found here.
At present, we only include transport figures that relate to the materials and products that are processed and manufactured at VAUDE Manufaktur in the carbon footprint. Read more here.
And here you can find background information for VAUDE Logistics.
After a lightning strike in 2015, we built a new production facility for our Made in Germany products in 2016. Environmental protection played an important role here. We opted for a timber construction method that is the most environmentally friendly alternative from an emissions perspective, both during production and throughout its entire life cycle.
Calculation of emissions follows these myclimate principles: