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2020 Sustainability Report
published 2021/08/02

VAUDE Climate Footprint

Since 2012, VAUDE and all products manufactured at the headquarters in Tettnang have been climate neutral. For the first time, we are expanding our climate footprint to include emissions from the VAUDE supply chain.

Climate-neutral at our heaquarters since 2012

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. «

Dr. Antje von Dewitz / Managing Director

Challenge Scope 3 emissions from the supply chain

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:

  • Materials from which VAUDE products are made.
  • Energy consumed in the production of the materials.

Why this is important is clear from the following graphic:

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By far the most emissions occur in the upstream supply chain due to the materials used and the energy consumed in to manufacture them. It is therefore clear that in the future, we will use our resources there to reduce emissions as far as possible.

Emissions from material consumption

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

Energy transition in the supply chain

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.

You can read here how we are working on this challenging task of reducing emissions from energy consumption in the supply chain.

Total emissions reduced "at home" in Tettnang.

Overall, we were able to reduce emissions at the Tettnang site by eleven percent compared to 2019.

Total amount of emissions VAUDE Tettnang in tonnes of CO2e

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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.

Decoupling emissions from corporate success

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.

Emissions in relation to sales growth

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Total emissions have decreased

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

Emissions per employee and per metric ton of production output Tettnang Manufaktur

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Distribution of VAUDE emissions VAUDE Tettnang in tonnes of CO2e

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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


Emissions year-on-year in metric tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents) VAUDE Tettnang

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Emissions from business travel comprise emissions from company vehicles, air, rail and long-distance bus travel, and overnight hotel stays. We have included packaging in the climate footprint since 2019.

Emissions from business travel and commuting

At VAUDE, the areas of business travel and employee commuting regularly rank second in terms of emissions.

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.

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When it comes to mobility, the effects of the Corona pandemic are clearly evident: On the one hand, there was significantly less business travel - especially less air travel to VAUDE production countries and less car traffic with company vehicles. This enabled us to save emissions. On the other hand, many employees preferred to drive alone instead of taking the train or carpooling for health reasons.

Hotel accommodation is also a source of CO2 emissions for VAUDE Tettnang.

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Emissions from business travel include emissions from the company fleet, air, rail and long-distance bus travel as well as hotel accommodation.

Emissions from energy consumption

Energy: Electricity and gas consumption VAUDE Tettnang

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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).

What does packaging have to do with climate protection?

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.

Sales packaging:

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Transport packaging

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Emissions from merchandise logistics

Here you can find out more about the emissions caused by VAUDE from merchandise goods logistics.

Emissions according to scopes VAUDE total

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Emissions by Scope VAUDE Headquarters/ Tettnang site

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What are Scopes? An explanation can be found here

Climate Footprint using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Calculation of emissions follows these myclimate principles:

  • Scope 3 emissions are shown in the climate footprint in the relevant categories as CO2 equivalents (Total Scope 3: 3,848 tCO2e).
  • All greenhouse gases are included in accordance with IPCC in the climate footprint.
  • There are no biogenic Scope 3 emissions.
  • Emission categories/activities included: Business travel and overnight stays (without company fleet), logistics, material consumption for the VAUDE Manufaktur, fuel and energy related emissions (not included in Scope 1 or 2) , commuting, consumables, electronics, production materials, deliveries, waste, wastewater, water and website (electricity external computer center).
  • The base year for GRI reporting is 2014. (Starting balance for GRI reporting). Scope 3 emissions rose in 2015 due to a new calculation method and reporting by VAUDE's transporters, fell in 2016, rose slightly in 2017, fell sharply in 2018 and increased slightly by 2 % in 2019 due to logistics and because of the extensive recording of consumables. 2014: 3757 tCO2e, 2015: 4491 tCO2e, 2016: 4422 tCO2e, 2017: 4522 tCO2e, 2018: 3674t CO2e, 2019: 3475 tCO2e, 2020: 3,848 tCO2e).
  • The basis is the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (WRI). If assumptions are made, they are listed in the source.
  • The source in almost all cases is ecoinvent v3 (LCA database) with GWP: 100y from IPCC (2013). Individual sources are each listed in the carbon footprint.

Consolidation approach of operational control (in accordance with WRI: GHG Protocol)

There is current information on this topic:
To the latest news - Sept. 30, 2021 Read more
GRI:   305-1
Direct (Scope 1) GHG emissions
GRI:   305-2
Energy indirect (Scope 2) GHG emissions
GRI:   305-3
Other indirect (Scope 3) GHG emissions
GRI:   305-4
GHG emissions intensity
GRI:   305-5
Reduction of GHG emissions
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