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2019 Sustainability Report
published 2020/08/01

Starting the energy revolution ourselves: 100 % green electricity since 2009

Climate-friendly, regional and solar – VAUDE uses only electricity from wind, water and sun – and from our own photovoltaic installation.

Electricity from renewable energy sources

Electricity is still generated using fossil fuels in most regions of the world. And also in Germany: who would have known that over half of the electricity generated in Germany still comes from brown coal, black coal and natural gas?


In addition, 13 % is nuclear power - despite Chernobyl and Fukushima and the unresolved disposal of nuclear waste ...


So it's all the more important that we as a company make our contribution to the energy revolution!


Photovoltaics covers electricity requirements

Since mid-2009, we have used only electricity from renewable sources.


VAUDE operates several large photovoltaic installations on company roofs. These produce more than half a million kilowatt hours of solar power annually – enough for about 160 households (assuming an average electricity consumption per household of 3,500 kWh per year).


In 2017 the VAUDE solar installations covered an equivalent of 78 % of our electricity needs.




2013 2018 2019

Electricity production PV installation VAUDE (kWh)

535,152

579,446

578,015

Calculated percent photovoltaic of electricity consumption VAUDE (%)

93%

72%

71%

Actual percent photovoltaic of electricity consumption VAUDE (%)

0%

34%

33%

Since mid-2014, we have been using our own solar power at VAUDE ourselves, whenever the sun shines while the machines are running. When the sun produces more electricity than we need, it gets fed into the German power grid, in accordance with the Renewable Energy Law (EEG). When our own solar power is insufficient, we purchase green electricity.


Installation in operation since Size (kWp

Outlet

May 08

30.52

Building 6 High rack warehouse

Sep 12

447.86

Building 5 Order picking/shipping warehouse

Sep 08

105

Building 7 Offices

Dez 07

53

 
 
VAUDE solar installations
 
 

Households that could be supplied by electricity production photovoltaic VAUDE

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VAUDE energy consumption at our Tettnang-Obereisenbach headquarters

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The higher electricity consumption in 2014 was caused by the large reconstruction of buildings going on during that year. We used more electricity in 2018 compared to 2017; this is probably due to higher utilization of the VAUDE Manufaktur production in 2018.

Distribution of energy consumption VAUDE Straße 2

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Identifying energy guzzlers

Since 2019, we have been measuring the electricity consumption of buildings individually. This enables us to take even more targeted energy-saving measures.

There are ways to reduce energy consumption in our offices as well. To ensure that the equipment we use is as low-power as possible, we have developed VAUDE guidelines for the purchase of office supplies: office equipment should bear either the Blauen Engel or the EU eco-label (Euro-Flower). Energy Star is considered a minimum requirement.

 
 

Energy consumption per employee and per product made in Obereisenbach

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GRI:   302-1
Energy consumption within the organization
GRI:   302-2
Energy consumption outside of the organization
GRI:   302-3
Energy intensity
GRI:   302-4
Reduction of energy consumption
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