Climate change

Climate change is identified as one of the major issues that our companies must face up to. On an international level, it has considerable impact on people and the planet, but also on economies the world over, as various experts confirm, in particular those of the IPCC*.

Today, Decathlon encourages the playing of a wide range of sports, the majority of which require an outdoor environment. But by observing and listening to our users and team mates, we can already see that in certain areas of the globe playing sport outside is hard to imagine because of environmental conditions. Aware of our responsibility, we are determined to help address the climate change challenge and ensure a sustainable future for Decathlon’s business activity.

*Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Key figures on GHG

We measure the success of this objective using the results of our GHG assessment across the whole of Decathlon.

The emissions growth curve is currently running parallel to that of Decathlon’s economic growth.

This increase is primarily due to fewer eco-design initiatives applied to our products.

Breakdown of CO2 equivalent emissions
Successive GHG assessments conducted since 2007 show that products (on the life cycle) are Decathlon’s biggest source of greenhouse gas emissions. The impact of product production takes into account both Passion Brand products (i.e. 66%) and products by other international brands (i.e. 8%).

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« Calculating our greenhouse gas emissions »

Since 2007, we have been conducting annual assessments to measure the volume of GHGs emitted right across Decathlon’s entire value chain.

Updated annually, this GHG assessment enables us to:
– identify the main sources of GHG emissions,
– compare the distribution of emissions sources and prioritise reduction initiatives,
– measure the effectiveness of these reduction initiatives, raise awareness among our team mates.

We use the standard GHG protocol methodology and consolidate the date from scopes 1 to 3.*

*Protocol governing greenhouse gases, launched in 2001 by the WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Development) and the WRI (World Resources Institute). It is developed in partnership with a group of international organisations, such as governments, NGOs and businesses. (source Novethic)

“As the manager for the GHG assessment project, it’s my job to coordinate data collection from the various contributors. I coordinate and consolidate the company’s final GHG assessment.”

Emilie Aubry
Emilie Aubry
Environment project manager.

The people making our action plan work

The GHG assessment is the result of work by various employees, representing each and every activity at Decathlon.

Our target is to have a representative per country, who is responsible for gathering data from their various contributors, and who works autonomously to:
– gather environmental data,
– consolidate a GHG assessment for a specific area,
– establish the required action plans.

The priority is currently to make local teams autonomous.

Practical solutions: a look at those involved

Each employee is required to help stabilise Decathlon’s GHG emissions, depending on their particular responsibilities and area of activity:
Product design: eco-design and selecting product materials with less of an environmental impact, by our design teams.
Production: environmental management of our suppliers, or the development of local sourcing, led by our production teams.
Product transportation: various actions are coordinated by our logistics teams, such as optimising sourcing patterns, using multimodal transport, and maximising lorry loads.
Travel: to reduce their impact, customers and employees can opt to use soft transport methods: car-sharing, cycling, train, scooters, etc. Local schemes are encouraged. To limit its employees’ commuting and work-related travel, Decathlon recommends they use video conferencing wherever possible.
Distribution: local initiatives to choose construction materials for our sites are led by our construction teams. The same applies to improving the energy efficiency of our stores and warehouses, which is coordinated by local energy leaders.
Waste management: each store or warehouse team is responsible for sorting and recycling the waste generated by their activities.

Focus on
« A shared IT tool for all »

Since the end of 2015, we have been using an IT tool to automate part of our calculations and to make the collection process more reliable. This investment has meant that the teams responsible for the GHG assessment can now dedicate more of their time to reducing GHG emissions as opposed to calculating them!

Collaborative working to define and harmonise methods

Since the end of 2013, Decathlon has been taking part in the “Environment Footprint” project coordinated by the European Commission, for which two of its employees are members of the Technical Secretariats.

The chief aim is to move towards environmental accounting that focuses solely on CO2 emissions; to multi-criteria environmental accounting, shared by all companies, that includes data linked to the depletion of natural resources, soil pollution, biodiversity, etc.

The ACT project: Assessing Low Carbon Transition

Launched by the ADEME* and the Carbon Disclosure Project at COP21*, the ACT* project is a European experiment that aims to speed up the rate at which companies sign up to deliver a low carbon economy.

The aim is to ensure that all company action plans are in line with the aim of containing global warming below 2°C, by developing a methodology to measure companies’ commitments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, shared at international level.

The methodology will be adapted to suit the specific features of the various activity sectors. The leading three groups of sectors being trialled are energy production, the automobile sector and mass retail, with Decathlon being involved in the latter. An initial version will be presented at COP22.

*French environment and energy management agency
*Annual climate change conference, organised in 2015
*More information on the ACT project:

The challenge of adapting to climate change

In 2015, Decathlon took part in ADEME’s GHG conference and shared its experiences of its carbon accounting strategy with other businesses.
At the same time, Decathlon is monitoring the various efforts being made to adapt to climate change, particularly those led by the IPCC*.

*Intergovernmental panel on climate change