Power to Transform: PUMA reports CO2 emissions cut by 88% in 2021 through Renewables

May 2, 2022
Additionally, the firm has expanded the use of recycled polyester in its apparel to 55%. The target is to increase the use of recycled polyester in Apparel and Accessories to 75%

German sportswear firm PUMA says it has reduced carbon emissions by 88% in 2021 compared to the 2017 base year.

The firm has also reduced emissions from its supply chain by 12%. Adjusted for sales growth, GHG emissions from its supply chain declined by 46%, according to the company sustainability report.

PUMA has achieved the reduction through the purchase of 100% renewable electricity through renewable electricity tariffs and renewable energy attribute certificates, transitioning its car fleet to electric engines, improving efficiency at the factory level and using more sustainable materials.

PUMA has achieved the reduction in emissions even as it achieved a reported growth rate of 65% between 2017 and 2021.

“For the first time, we published the numbers for our entire value chain, and we have made some real progress towards achieving our climate ambitions over the last years. Our own emissions and those from purchased energy were reduced by more than what is needed to do our part to keep climate change below 1.5 degrees,” said Stefan Seidel, Senior Head of Corporate Sustainability. “We will not stop here and continue to make improvements to live up to our Forever Better sustainability strategy.”

In 2021, the firm achieved 5% renewable energy for core suppliers in the finished goods category and 5% for core suppliers in the materials category.

Additionally, the firm has expanded the use of recycled polyester in its apparel to 55%. The target is to increase the use of recycled polyester in Apparel and Accessories to 75% and ensure nine out of ten products use more sustainable materials by 2025.

PUMA has reduced the use of water in the manufacturing of textiles (4%), leather (11%), apparel (8%) and footwear (21%).

PUMA is a founding member of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.

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