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.

OUR COMMITMENTS TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

What is 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.

OUR COMMITMENTS TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

WHY IS DECATHLON MAKING A COMMITMENT?

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.

WHAT COMMITMENTS ARE DECATHLON MAKING?

In 2019, we committed ourselves to several endeavours:

#1. Reduce our CO2 emissions by 75% on our energy and air conditioning consumption.
#2. Guide our supplier partners in setting their impact reduction goal.

To validate the relevance of these commitments we shared them with a group of external and scientifically recognised experts: Science Based Target. This initiative confirms the reduction of our CO2 emissions trajectories, in line with the Paris Agreement, limiting global warming to 2°C.

These commitments go hand in hand with an overall objective for all our activities: cutting CO2 emissions by 40% per product sold between 2016 and 2026. To give you a quick idea, today, on average, a DECATHLON product is 8.7 kilos of CO2 emitted.

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:

OUR COMMITMENTS TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

BUT THEN, HOW DO WE CALCULATE OUR IMPACT?

We calculate everything! From our commuting journeys to the distribution of our products, by way of manufacturing: nothing's left out. 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.

OUR COMMITMENTS TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

We've signed up to the ACT (Assess Low Carbon Transition) initiative launched by the ADEME (French sustainable transition governmental agency) to evaluate our climate strategy. This assessment will be conducted in 2020 with the view to clearly identifying areas for improvements. Among these areas, we want to go ahead with measures extending our products' lifespan (second-hand products, product hire, repair, recycling) to continue reducing our environmental impact.

WANT TO LOOK DEEPER INTO WHAT WE ARE DOING?

We want you to understand our way of operating but it's not easy trying to get the balance right between keeping explanations simple and wanting to explain everything in detail. If you want to find out more, feel free to take a look at our Non-Financial Reporting Statement. It's an inventory, published each year, of all the initiatives that are leading to sustainable progress. 

OUR COMMITMENTS TO MEET THE CHALLENGE OF CLIMATE CHANGE

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