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. You can find more information and how climate neutrality works here
This page summarizes the most important key figures and correlations from our climate footprint assessment. The full document can be downloaded here.
At the company headquarters in Tettnang, VAUDE has already been completely climate neutral since 2012 (Scopes 1, 2 and 3). The system boundary of our climate footprint has so far been the entire VAUDE operation in Tettnang.
In this sustainability report, we are also including upstream emissions from our supply chain in the climate footprint for the first time.
» Climate neutrality is an important element in our overall commitment to sustainability. Our climate footprint helps us identify our reduction potential. «
At VAUDE, we have had ten years of experience with climate accounting and have now reached our next major milestone: we have finally created a reliable database in order to include not only all emissions "at home" at our company headquarters, but also the two largest emitters from the upstream supply chain:
Why this is important is clear from the following graphic:
All materials that VAUDE uses to make its products are a source of emissions during their extraction and refinement. How high these are in individual cases depends on quite a few factors, including which raw material is used and in which country the production of the material takes place. The country is important because the energy mix used to make the electricity the supplier is working with varies from country to country, and because energy from fossil fuels is one of the biggest drivers of emissions.
For textile materials, we have defined the system boundary for determining emissions from material consumption up to the point of yarn production; for hard plastic components we count up to the production of the polymer (granulate).
You can read about the materials VAUDE consumes and what we do to reduce emissions from them here
In addition to material consumption, energy consumption in the processing of raw materials plays the major role in VAUDE's climate footprint. In the case of textile materials, this means the production of the textile surface; in the case of hard plastic components, injection molding or comparable manufacturing processes.
Overall, we were able to reduce emissions at the Tettnang site by eleven percent compared to 2019.
As of 2019, we have slightly changed the methodology for determining emissions, as 2019 forms the base year for VAUDE's science-based climate targets and we have followed the current systematics of the Green House Gas Protocol.
Some emission factors have changed over time, for example for flights. For the first time, we have also taken all packaging materials fully into account. Nevertheless, this graphic provides a good overview of the development of emissions at VAUDE in Tettnang.
In 2020, of course, the "Corona effect" also made itself felt: Lockdowns, production and delivery bottlenecks, many employees in home offices and hardly any business trips led to savings in energy and materials, and thus to fewer emissions.
Emissions cannot be completely avoided as long as our global economy is based on fossil raw materials. We have already achieved some success in reducing the emissions caused by VAUDE. Thanks to climate compensation, VAUDE is already arithmetically "climate neutral".
It is already a small success when emissions don’t grow at the same rate as the company.
VAUDE has grown tremendously in recent years – more employees, more space, more cars, more production, more sales, and so on. Reducing emissions even further as the company grows remains a real challenge.
How this affects energy consumption, for example, is shown here
Read more about VAUDE's sales development here
The biggest opportunities for reducing emissions are material consumption in our production facility. We want to exert even more influence here by increasing material efficiency, i.e. making better use of the material width for the individual cut parts, and by selecting more environmentally friendly materials. More about our Made in Germany production here.
Emissions year-on-year in metric tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents) VAUDE Tettnang
More about our Made in Germany production here
More on the issue of the "VAUDE transport transition” here
Employee mobility is a hard nut to crack. Although VAUDE has a Mobility Concept that is often praised as ‘best practice’, emissions from business travel and commuting at our company headquarters in Tettnang make up a major proportion every year.
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.
Emissions from energy are assigned to Scope 1 (heating) and Scope 2 (electricity). VAUDE has been working exclusively with green electricity and biogas for many years, so emissions from this are relatively low. More about energy management at VAUDE here
The fact that emissions increased in 2020 is not only due to slightly higher electricity consumption, but also because the emission factors have increased (for green electricity from 15 to 20 grams per kilowatt hour, for biogas from 5.1 to 6.8 grams per cubic meter).
Of course, packaging material also contributes to the consumption of resources and causes climate-damaging emissions.
You can read here what VAUDE is doing to reduce these as much as possible.
“Sales packaging” is everything that ends up in private households and is disposed of there, for example shoe boxes or foil bags. Transport packaging is usually disposed of in retail stores, for example cardboard packaging.
Here you can find out more about the emissions caused by VAUDE from merchandise goods logistics.
What are Scopes? An explanation can be found here
Calculation of emissions follows these myclimate principles:
Consolidation approach of operational control (in accordance with WRI: GHG Protocol)