Our Climate Commitment

In 2018 at the request of states, the experts that make up the IPCC – the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – were tasked with studying the consequences of a global temperature increase of 1.5°C and how we could avoid crossing that threshold. They came up with several scenarios, including a temperature increase of 3°C caused by greenhouse gas emissions. This warming could lead to profound and irreversible changes in our ecosystems. To limit this rise to 1.5°C, we humans must reduce our carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2050.

Decathlon identified reducing greenhouse gas emissions as one of our priority challenges in 2013. In 2017 we increased our oversight of emissions-measuring efforts and in 2018 we expanded these to our product suppliers.


In 2019, Decathlon updates its climate commitments relying on the Science Based Target (SBT) initiative, which has approved them as contributing to limit the global temperature increase by 1.5°C:

  • reduce our overall CO2 emissions by 75% for scopes 1 and 2*.
  • getting our main suppliers to set out their own Science-Based Targets by 2024.**

These targets will be supported by a group wide intensity target to reduce CO2 emissions per product sold by 40% between 2016 and 2026 for all our activities (scopes 1, 2 and 3)***


This recognition will enable DECATHLON to continue developing goals, strategies and actions that are equal to the task of meeting the challenges of climate change in the medium and long term, and will subsequently lead us to a low carbon economy.

We believe that these targets should be managed as closely as possible to local emissions sources. That is why it is more important and strategic than ever to train our teams, learn to use measurement tools, and ensure ownership of approaches and action plans drawn up locally.


At the same time, DECATHLON has just signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. Under the aegis of UN Climate Change, this commitment will enable us to join the signatories and organisation to act collectively in combating climate change.


*Scopes 1, 2: direct and indirect emissions linked to buying electricity. 

**This is about committing the suppliers representing 90% of DECATHLON products’ emissions (extraction of raw materials and manufacturing).

***Scopes 1, 2, 3: direct and indirect emissions that come from all of DECATHLON’s activities: construction and operational use of its sites, product transport, teammates and customers journeys and its products (extraction of raw materials, manufacturing, use and end of life cycle).


> Our climate commitments have been reviewed to be consistent with the Paris Agreement and the Science Based target initiative. This means fully overhauling our carbon improvement plan, detailed scenarios and the associated action plans.

> The indicators are moving in the right direction thanks to our carbon intensity efforts; this will help us take into account our company’s economic activity and track changes in our performance.

> We have increased our range of tools and training programmes to help empower local teams. We must all take ownership of our carbon footprint.


Since 2013, Decathlon has counted all emissions that can be attributed to our activities in our carbon footprint, including the raw materials extraction required for production, in-store sales of products and their end-of-life stage, product manufacturing and transport, and site emissions.

In 2018 Decathlon’s carbon intensity stood at 7.9 kg CO2/product sold, 2.5% less than in 2017. This decrease resulted from some strategic decisions.


Emilie Aubry, in charge of the CO2 trajectory for DECATHLON.