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2019 Sustainability Report
published 2020/08/01

Climate neutral with science based targets

VAUDE has been climate-neutral at its headquarters since 2012. Our goal for the future is that all of our products worldwide will be made with climate-neutral production. With science based climate goals, VAUDE wants to make its contribution to limiting global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees in accordance with the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Active climate protection: climate-neutral at our headquarters

VAUDE's entire headquarters in Tettnang have been climate-neutral since 2012. This includes our administration, Manufaktur, all material and energy consumption, waste, logistics and all goods transport originating from the production site, the daily commute of its employees, the maintenance department and the Kinderhaus childcare center. All facts and figures about it here
 
 

Ambitious goal: climate-neutral production worldwide

VAUDE has set itself ambitious, science based goals to go beyond the climate neutrality of its headquarters and to produce all of its products worldwide with climate-neutral manufacturing.

For this purpose VAUDE joined the international initiative, Science Based Targets (SBTi). As a cooperation between the renowned international expert organizations CDP Disclosure Insight Action, UN Global Compact, World Resource Institute and the WWF, SBTi sets global standards for the calculation of science based climate targets.

As a member, VAUDE voluntarily sets its own climate protection goals in line with the specifications of the Paris Climate Protection Agreement (COP21) and recognized as science based climate targets:

We will continue to reduce our emissions to such an extent that we make a measurable contribution to limiting global warming to 1.5 °C or well below 2 °C.

According to the SBTi methodology, we have until 2021 to formulate concrete climate targets approved by SBTi. We are using this time for the extensive preparatory work required.
 
 

»In order to counteract climate change that is threatening human lives, we must succeed in limiting global warming to well below 2 degrees in accordance with the Paris Agreement. This will only succeed if we all take action – worldwide. It requires initiatives such as SBT, which promotes a new way of looking at the economy. We at VAUDE want to make our contribution and have set ourselves the goal of manufacturing all products with climate-neutral production. In order to achieve this goal, we are working with SBT to gradually reduce our CO2 emissions in the global supply chain.«

Antje von Dewitz, VAUDE CEO

Emissions in the supply chain now in focus

Now that VAUDE has been measuring and reducing all emissions at its headquarters in Tettnang for years and compensating for the unavoidable emissions (more on this below) so that we are already completely climate-neutral there, we have recently turned toward the emissions of our suppliers who manufacture VAUDE products.


It can be assumed that the emissions at our suppliers are significantly higher than those at our headquarters, because many more VAUDE products are manufactured there than at our headquarters in Tettnang. At the same time, it is much more difficult to obtain reliable consumption data that we can use to calculate emissions. Therefore, we are proceeding step by step:


  • First of all, we are raising awareness of our producers and material suppliers to the issue of climate protection.
  • Then we will help them to record their entire energy consumption, including the energy sources from which their energy is generated.
  • We will then work with suppliers to address measures for effective energy management so that they can conserve as much energy (and thus emissions) as possible.
  • Another very important and at the same time demanding step is the conversion of the energy origin to regenerative sources such as wind, sun or biomass.


We are working closely with our suppliers to achieve this. More about this here.

 
 

90% of all products at least 50% biobased or recycled

In addition to the energy consumption of our suppliers, the materials processed in VAUDE products form a second focus in order to reduce climate-damaging emissions on a scientifically sound basis. We have already set ourselves an ambitious goal for this:


By 2024 at least 90% of all VAUDE products shall have a biobased or recycled material content of more than 50%.


VAUDE is pursuing the principle of recycling management: By using renewable raw materials or recycled materials, fossil resources are conserved and CO2 emissions in material production will be significantly reduced.

 
 

»As a co-initiator of the initiative, we are delighted that VAUDE is setting itself an even more comprehensive, globally-based target. We need allies such as these who are setting a good example and providing motivation for other companies.«

Alexander Liedke, Senior Manager Sustainable Business & Markets at WWF Germany
 
 

How do you actually become climate neutral?

“Measure it or forget it!”

Every commercial activity that is based on the combustion and processing of fossil fuels causes greenhouse gas emissions and contributes to climate change. This greenhouse effect is leading to a significant shift in the earth's climate that is threatening mankind and the planet.
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Climate-neutral means that all of the company's emissions that cannot be avoided are offset at another location by projects that save the same amount of emissions. Emissions are thus balanced and neutral.


To do this, all resource consumption in the company must first be recorded. When it comes to environmental management, the saying goes, "Measure it or forget it." If you don't know your consumption, you won't know what your big polluters are and you won't be able to take specific measures to reduce it, let alone make success measurable.

 
 

Reduce resource consumption

The most important step on the way to climate neutrality is the reduction of all resource consumption and emissions. For example, reducing energy, material and water consumption and producing less waste and wastewater. The good thing about it is that you not only save emissions, but generally also money. More about this here.


This applies to both our company headquarters including all its own production processes, administration, employees, etc. and to all upstream and downstream activities of the company.

 
 

Climate Balance Scopes map the entire value chain

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VAUDE representation, Source: From emissions report on climate strategy, www.klimareporting.de

 
 

VAUDE's headquarters in Tettnang are already completely climate-neutral in terms of the entire value chain: all emissions from the company's own operations (Scope 1), from purchased energy (Scope 2) and from all upstream and downstream activities (Scope 3) are included in the climate balance sheet. Any emissions not avoided are offset (more on this below).


The VAUDE facility in Tettnang forms the system boundary of our climate balance to date. This also includes the VAUDE Manufactur, including all materials processed there and all products manufactured there, as well as all material and goods transport related to these.


All products manufactured outside the company headquarters in Tettnang are also not yet included in the carbon footprint. However, because far more emissions are produced there than at the company headquarters, (while at the same time, the consumption data is much more difficult to obtain and emissions are much more difficult to reduce), we are now setting ourselves science based targets (see above).

Climate accounting makes emissions transparent

Based on the resource consumption measured by VAUDE, the non-profit organization myclimate calculates an annual carbon footprint for VAUDE.

VAUDE myclimate

This gives us transparency as to which company divisions are responsible for our emissions. Over the years, we have already achieved significant emission savings by implementing a number of projects, both large and small.


The calculation of our carbon footprint not only includes all upstream and downstream processes in the value chain in relation to the company headquarters in Tettnang, but also converts other climate-damaging gases such as methane into carbon dioxide equivalents. The unit of measurement in which emissions are measured is called CO2e: carbon dioxide equivalents.


We derive new targets and measures for further reducing emissions from the results of our carbon footprint. VAUDE compensates for all unavoidable emissions.

 
 

Compensation with a Gold Standard project in China

We have been compensating for all unavoidable emissions at the Tettnang location since 2012. With the annual compensation value from VAUDE, a gold standard climate protection project from the non-profit organization myclimate is supported in the eastern Chinese province of Shanxi, which contributes to the reduction of harmful emissions.

The project involves replacing coal consumption from traditional coal burning stoves with improved clean biomass (from corn waste) burning semi-gasifier stoves in rural household in the Shanxi Province. While cleaner-burning (yet nevertheless petroleum-based) fuels are becoming increasingly common in wealthier areas, at least 50 % of all households still depend on solid fuels like wood or coal as an important household fuel.


The combustion of solid fuels leads to air pollution and is responsible for 450,000 premature deaths in China every year, according to an estimate by the World Health Organization (WHO). Children in particular suffer from poor air quality.


By substituting coal fuel with biomass, it is possible to not only reduce CO2 emissions, but also improve indoor air quality, directly benefiting the health of families. Secondly, families spend less money on fuel when using corn cultivation waste. They can invest the money they save in their children's education.


Together with myclimate, VAUDE created a film about the project:


More information about the project here.



Additional climate compensation with BaumInvest

In addition to climate compensation via the myclimate carbon offset project, VAUDE is a founding investor in BaumInvest, a reforestation project in Costa Rica. Through this commitment, we offset 22 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents each year. Read more here



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