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Climate Change

Uncontrolled climate change is the most important challenge of our times and we stand ready to oppose it. We support the Paris agreement on limiting climate change well below two degrees and are ready to contribute our fair share toward this goal.

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SCIENCE BASED CARBON EMISSIONS TARGET

We could have just set an easy-to-achieve target for PUMA. Instead, we linked our climate target to what scientists deem necessary to reach a world in which climate change is below two degrees.

Between 2017 and 2030 we aim to reduce the Carbon Footprint of our own operations (Scope 1 and 2) by 35% (absolute reduction) and the Carbon Footprint of our Supply Chain (Scope 3, purchased goods and services) by 60% relative to sales.

To gain a better understanding, it means breaking down global emission budgets to our company level. More importantly, it means radical changes in the way we operate our business, like switching energy use to renewables, and using more and more sustainable raw materials in PUMA products. The current linear business model of make – use – waste needs to be replaced by the circular approach of make – use – recycle.

OUR CO2 EMISSIONS 


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PRODUCT Carbon Footprint

To find out the carbon footprint of some of our typical products, we performed a product carbon footprint study. Based on 1kg of clothing material, we calculated the direct and indirect emissions of greenhouse gases including the life cycle of the product from raw material production to retail distribution.

Find out more about or carbon footprint in our report.

 

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Renewable solar energy For Headquarters Germany and USA
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Tackling the target

So far, we have switched to a renewable electricity tariff in Germany, Italy and Spain. The goal is to add at least one more country to this list each year. For the remaining countries, where renewable energy tariffs are not yet available to us, we purchase renewable energy attribute certificates (RECs). Additionally, we’ve equipped our headquarters in Germany and the USA with rooftop photovoltaic solar powerplants to generate renewable electricity directly at our offices. Electric car charging stations at our headquarters support a gradual move to e-mobility.

Going deeper into the supplier level, we have established best practice guidelines and an e-learning tool on energy efficiency. By measuring the energy consumption and CO2 emissions of all our core suppliers on a regular basis, we ensure that we stay on target. In the past years, PUMA supported detailed energy efficiency assessments at over 40 PUMA manufacturers. More recently, we have been working with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) as well as our industry peers to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy in our major sourcing countries Vietnam and Bangladesh. In addition, we partnered with the Apparel Impact Institute to conduct energy efficiency work in China and Taiwan.

 

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together against climate change

The fashion industry is determined to limit the worst effects of climate change and will present a comprehensive plan to fight carbon emissions at the United Nations Climate Conference in Katowice on December 10, 2018. PUMA has played a crucial role in preparing this agreement. In this video by UNFCCC, PUMA’s Head of Corporate Sustainability speaks about the importance of the industry coming together to fight carbon emissions.

Louis Chen

Renewable energy provides substantial benefits. That's why we will keep focusing on it for a better future.

Louis Chen CEO, General Manager Kaoway Sports