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2018 Sustainability Report
published 2019/08/01

Energy management in the supply chain

Large amounts of energy are required in the production of textiles for a facility’s electricity, heating and cooling processes. We train our suppliers and help them save energy.

Environmental Stewardship pilot project

In a pilot project, VAUDE has conducted environmental management training courses with a number of suppliers of textile materials. As a result, we’re seeing savings of over 18 million kilowatt hours of energy in production every year. Read more about the project and its success here.

VAUDE has been participating in a GIZ climate protection project in Vietnam since 2018. The project trains and advises suppliers on energy management and climate protection, how they can reduce energy consumption, climate-damaging emissions and costs – often using simple means.

Most of our fabric suppliers also use the bluesign® System, in which energy efficiency plays an important role. For VAUDE, this is an important component of the entire environmental management system.

Consumption transparency with the Higg Index

Nonetheless, we often don’t have actual figures on the energy consumption of our suppliers or details about the types of energy used for electricity and heating/cooling in each production facility. One reason for this is that we are often only one of many of their clients. Another reason is that a uniform method for measuring the energy consumption of an outdoor product is still lacking.

In the future, we’re hoping that this gap will be closed by the HIGG Index – an international database to evaluate the sustainability of your outdoor pants, jacket, etc. Read more about it here.

Both the production of materials and components (such as fabrics or zips) and the production of chemical agents (e.g. dyes) or substances required for the functionality of the products (such as water repellency, UV protection, etc.) consume energy. Sewing the products is also energy-intensive.

There are still no legal regulations on the designation of energy consumption in the manufacturing of outdoor products, let alone legal requirements for their energy efficiency.

Company headquarters in Tettnang are climate neutral

In order to compensate for the negative effects of our own energy consumption at our headquarters in Tettnang, we issued a climate balance sheet for our site in 2011. That is why our Made in Germany factory is also climate-neutral. Read more about it here.

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Energy consumption within the organization
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Energy consumption outside of the organization
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Energy intensity
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Reduction of energy consumption
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