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Bigger emotions, smaller emissions.

Our commitments to meet the challenge of climate change

Because we are well aware that our activities have an impact on the environment, we must actively play our part in making change happen. But it's far from simple: fighting climate change is presenting us with numerous challenges. Discover how we are trying to rise to the challenge, in particular to reduce our CO2 emissions.

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No warm up for climate

What is climate change? 

Like you, we're seeing the impacts of warmer weather due to climate change.

Climate change is the global climate's transformation that is modifying the weather and ecosystem's long-term equilibrium. To start with, it's a naturally occurring phenomenon and caused by the greenhouse effect, but which has been destabilised by human activity and more specifically by its CO2 emissions.

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What commitments are DECATHLON making?

As sportsmen and women, the world is our playground. We are conscious that manufacturing, transport and the use and distribution of our products have an impact on the planet. It's why we are duty-bound to take action and act fast.

In March 2024, the Science Based Targets initiative officially validated DECATHLON’s commitments on two time horizons :
- To reduce by 42% absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions (tCO2e) by 2030 from a 2021 base year
- To reduce by 42% absolute scope 3 GHG emissions (tCO2e) by 2030 from a 2021 base year

- To be “Net-Zero” by 2050, which means reducing by 90% absolute scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions (tCO2e) by 2050 from a 2021 base year and neutralizing the remaining emissions. 


Zero is sometimes the best score

Our goal: contribute to carbon neutrality

The worldwide goal, as defined during the Paris Agreement, is to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. But what does this mean in practical terms?

It was at first critical for us to choose the right method to get there. We decided to join the Net Zero Initiative, which published a framework for companies' carbon neutrality. We, therefore, aligned ourselves with this project.

It's important to point out that the expression “carbon neutrality” (or “net zero”) only refers to the worldwide goal of having a balance between emitting and absorbing CO2. It doesn't apply to an organisation! We think that in this context, we can't just compensate, but we have to also contribute to this equilibrium.

And to get there, we are relying on three levers:

  • Cutting down our own direct and indirect emissions

    Cutting down our own direct and indirect emissions

    Use electricity from a renewable source, eco-design our products, extend our products' lifespan, limit the use of air transport, support sustainable forms of transport ...

  • The reduction of others' emissions

    The reduction of others' emissions

    By directly funding, for example, low carbon projects outside DECATHLON such as production equipment that consume less energy.

  • Increase carbon sinks to absorb CO2 emissions

    Increase carbon sinks to absorb CO2 emissions

    With the purchase, for example, of carbon credits related to reforestation projects or the development of renewable energy, funding innovative carbon sequestration projects...

"Net Zero" means that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced to as close to zero as possible, with the remaining emissions in the atmosphere being reabsorbed, by the oceans and forests for example. Specifically, for Decathlon, when we use the term Net Zero according to SBTi, we mean that we are aiming for -90% absolute emissions with a neutralisation of residual emissions to contribute to global carbon neutrality.

The important thing is to count everything

How do we calculate our impact?

At DECATHLON, we calculate everything to assess our environmental impact! From travel to the distribution of products, not forgetting their production: nothing is forgotten.

It's a substantial amount of work, we do each year, constantly adapting our efforts in the right direction.
We also work on other environmental impacts such as biodiversity, or the impact of our products on water and air pollution, and the depletion of natural resources.

Note: The impact of product end-of-life is calculated using the Product Environmental Footprint methodology. It includes avoided emissions through the use of the Circular Footprint Formula, a methodology that is not directly compatible with the international GHG Protocol. Decathlon is working towards compliance for 2023.

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Our challenge: production

Breaking down our impact

As you can see, the impacts are shared among all our activities.

But the large majority is down to manufacturing. Our sustainable development strategies, such as eco-designing our products, stems in part from this analysis.

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Look deeper, know more

If you want to find out more, feel free to have a look at our Non-Financial Reporting Declaration since 2013. It's an inventory, published each year, of all the initiatives that we work on to progress on sustainability.

Discover our other commitments

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Climate change: moving beyond carbon tunnel vision

Carbon has become the symbol of the fight for the environment. However, in light of this challenge, there are many others, often much less highlighted...

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Designing our products to reduce their environmental impact

Our ecodesign approach integrates environmental considerations into product development, with the aim of reducing the impact throughout their life cycle. It serves as a playbook for our design team to develop performance-driven, sustainability-focused solutions.

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Our manufacturing responsabilities

At DECATHLON, we design our products. To this end, we are also at the origin of their production. In other words, we put in place a large-scale manufacturing system to make these products available all over the world and in larger volumes.


Distribution : our commitments around the world

DECATHLON is committed to reducing its environmental impact on a worldwide scale. To get there, our teams have identified two key areas: renewable energy and transport. Here are our measures and goals for the coming years

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A long-lasting relationship

Getting your feedback, talking to each other, sharing a passion we have in common, supporting, motivating and helping… Experiencing DECATHLON doesn't stop at buying a product. We want to develop a long-lasting relationship with you, the sports users.