Nike to Reduce its Greenhouse Gas Emissions

One of the larger athletic clothing companies will purchase renewable energy for its facilities.

WASHINGTON, DC, US, 2001-10-18 [] Nike Inc. will partner with the World Wildlife Fund and the Center for Energy & Climate Solutions to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from its plants around the world, and will also measure GHG emissions from its contracted manufacturers and shipping operations to reduce those emissions, as well. “Our partnership … demonstrates Nike’s strong belief and support for responsible environmental action,” says the company’s director of sustainable development Sarah Severn. “We take very seriously the effects of climate change on our planet. Nike’s reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will illustrate how environmental strategies can align with business goals and will hopefully inspire more businesses to address climate change.” Under the Climate Savers program, WWF and CECS work with companies to pursue activities that reduce GHG emissions and achieve energy efficiency goals. GHG emissions are linked with climate change and global warming. “Nike is making great strides in its effort to help save the planet,” says David Sandalow of WWF. “Like many other businesses, Nike is moving ahead to improve energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It’s simply good, smart corporate citizenship.” Nike will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2005 from business travel and facility operations by 13 percent below 1998 levels. It will purchase green power, pursue energy conservation projects and invest in community energy efficiency projects. It chose 1998 as its baseline year because it was the earliest year for which reliable data exists on Nike’s GHG emissions. The company will also create baselines for its subcontracted footwear and apparel manufacturing facilities by the end of 2003. By extending reduction efforts to its business partners around the world, Nike will evaluate and distribute best practices to its subcontracted manufacturing facilities. A strategy to reduce GHG emissions at these facilities will be determined in 2005. Nike will also examine its supply chain, from packaging to transportation, for opportunities to improve logistics efficiency and reduce GHG from activities. By 2005, it will determine how to proceed with a GHG reduction strategy for logistics. It will also continue to eliminate sulfur hexafluoride, and has committed to completely eliminate SF6 by June 2003. “With 750 contract factories worldwide manufacturing its products and employing 500,000 people, Nike’s commitment to measure and reduce greenhouse gases is significant,” explains Joseph Romm of CECS. “The Climate Savers program has tremendous potential to mitigate climate change through the combined efforts of its present participants, including IBM, Johnson & Johnson and Polaroid, as well as future participants.”
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