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2019 Sustainability Report
published 2020/08/01

VAUDE Carbon Footprint at our Tettnang Headquarters

Every year VAUDE publishes a corporate carbon footprint. Since 2012, VAUDE and all products manufactured at the headquarters in Tettnang have been climate neutral.

Climate-neutral 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. 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.

» Climate neutrality is an important element in our overall commitment to sustainability. Our carbon footprint helps us identify our reduction potential. «
Dr. Antje von Dewitz / CEO

Decoupling emissions from corporate success

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.

Emissions per employee pro and per tonne of production output

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Total emissions have decreased

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.


VAUDE Emissions in Detail

Absolute quantity of emissions in tonnes of CO2e

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Distribution of VAUDE emissions 2017 in tonnes of CO2e

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Emissions in annual comparison in tonnes of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalents)

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Emissions from business travel consist of emissions from company vehicles as well as air, rail and long-distance bus travel.

Emissions from business trips and commuting

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.

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Hotel accommodation is also a source of CO2 emissions

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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.

Still more figures… Emissions in detail

Information on energy consumption and emissions in relation to company growth can be found here.


Energy: electricity and gas consumption

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Packaging: cardboard and foil

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Transport: Delivery transportation of VAUDE products

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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.


VAUDE Manufaktur with an excellent CO2 Balance

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.


Life cycle analysis of different construction methods for the VAUDE Manufaktur

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Carbon Footprint using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol

Calculation of emissions follows these myclimate principles:

  • Scope 3 emissions are shown in the carbon footprint in the relevant categories as CO2 equivalents (Total Scope 3: 3,745.2 t CO2e).
  • All greenhouse gases are included in accordance with IPCC in the carbon footprint.
  • Biogenic Scope 3 emissions amounting to 35.8t CO2e are reported.
  • Emission categories/activities included: Business travel and overnight stays, commuting, consumables, electronics, production materials, deliveries, waste, 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 fell again by 4 % in 2019. 2014: 3757 tCO2e, 2015: 4491 tCO2e, 2016: 4422 tCO2e, 2017: 4522 tCO2e, 2018: 3674t CO2e, 2019: 3475 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 2.2 (LCA database) with GWP: 100a from IPCC (2007). Individual sources are each listed in the carbon footprint.
  • Consolidation approach of operational control (in accordance with WRI: ghg protocol)


Emissions based on scopes

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What are Scopes? An explanation can be found here

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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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