HOW TIMBERLAND REDUCED ITS GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
In 2006, Timberland set a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% of its 2006 baseline by 2015. Since setting the goal, we’ve aimed to grow our company while conserving resources. Between 2006 and 2015, Timberland achieved a 53% reduction in absolute emissions for all facilities operated globally and employee air travel. As we near our goal, here are some of the tactics we’ve adopted to help us get there:
- Energy efficiency upgrades—Retrofitting overseas facilities and constructing all new buildings with energy-efficient lighting and leading green building standards (like LEED) have helped us cut the energy use at many of our facilities by more than 30%. (Learn more about how we improved efficiency at our distribution centers.)
- Purchasing renewable energy—In 2015, 32% of Timberland’s energy came from onsite or local renewable energy sources, or was offset with renewable energy credits used to support renewable energy initiatives in the regions.
- Supporting Factory partners in increasing their efficiency—in addition to addressing our own emissions—we focus on the most significant source of emissions: our value chain. In 2015, 54% of our footwear and apparel production comes from factories that have implemented environmental management systems. Learn more.
- Supporting our own manufacturing facility in the Dominican Republic to achieve ISO 14000 certification.
- Reducing impact through careful product design, cutting emissions in our value chain and partnering with our peers and industry experts are critical to our success.