Our climate commitment

Conscious of our share of responsibility, we have conducted a GHG assessment of our direct and indirect emissions since 2013 and consider our impact on the climate as a key issue in terms of our sustainability.

In 2016, we embedded environmental preservation into our 10 year Vision and observed at the same time that our GHG emissions were continuing to rise. We therefore reviewed our strategic objective and the related timeframes, and decided that our GHG emissions in 2021 should be equivalent to those in 2016, i.e. 7,057,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent.

We are redoubling our efforts to build a solid network of internal environmental leaders and encouraging teams to co-design their product ranges, our products accounting for 62% of our emissions in 2016.

Our climate commitment
in 2016

A summary

• Our annual GHG emissions are 14% higher compared with 2015 and we are continuing our efforts to reduce them.

• We are reviewing our aim to stabilise our GHG emissions and assess their compatibility with the requirements of a low carbon economy.

• We give teams the necessary tools and training to help them structure their actions and define their objectives at local level, in keeping with the group’s ambitions.

Distribution of our GHG emissions by activity
In %

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« A new trajectory »

The end of 2015 saw us define, for the very first time, an aim to stabilise our GHG emissions, and a desire to de-correlate their increase from that of our economic growth.

We therefore committed to maintaining our 2019 GHG emissions at the same level as in 2014.

This ambitious objective has however proved unworkable for the scheduled timeframes, so we redefined a new trajectory by taking 2016 as our baseline year and 2021 as our new target year.

As part of this new objective, we’re taking part in the ACT initiative so as to 6 ensure that this new aim is consistent with maintaining global warming below a 2°C rise, in order to move towards a low carbon economy.

The result of our 2016 assessment

To conduct Decathlon’s annual GHG assessment, we consider all emissions since 2013 that can be attributed to its activities, from the extraction of raw materials to the sale of our products in store, as well as the end-of-life stage. This comprehensive inventory enables us to identify our main sources of emissions, which happen to be our products themselves.

As in 2015, the emissions growth curve runs parallel to that of Decathlon’s economic growth. This increase is mainly due to the growing number of products sold, as well as our stagnating product ecodesign initiatives.

We are aware that considerable efforts are still required in order to stabilise our impact.

In 2016, Decathlon’s CO2 equivalent emissions followed an upward trend. We now know that we won’t begin to reduce our GHG emissions until 2018. This will therefore constitute our first steps towards stabilising our emissions.

Testing, repeating, innovating: our role in promoting the emergence of a “green” market in Europe

As part of the “Single Market for Green Products” projects, Europe launched two trials in 2013, designed to calculate the environmental footprints of both products (PEF) and organisations (OEF). Decathlon participated in both of these, sending two of its teammates from the respective technical secretariats.

This makes Decathlon one of the pioneering businesses trialling multi-criteria environmental compatibility methods with the eventual aim of generating synergies between site accounting (stores, warehouses and offices, etc.) and product accounting.

Our own specific aim is to identify the exact sources of the environmental impacts of our activities across the entire chain, so that we can focus our strategies and actions effectively to reduce them.