Climate neutral certification

Sustainability, environmental awareness and making a positive impact on the world around us. That is what drives us. To contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. In 2022, we took a step in this direction by participating in the Climate Neutral Certification programme for six of our models:

Clyde -Vera - Himalaya - Ranger - Lukas - Merula

We chose these 6 models because these shoes represent an important part of our range. With the insights gained, we are in a better position to determine ways to reduce our footprint for the entire range. These shoes are climate-neutral certified and with this we explicitly commit to further reducing our carbon emissions and combating climate change. The activities required for this reduction are included in a 2030 reduction plan.

What does this climate-neutral certification mean?

In line with the Climate Neutral Standard, we have set a target to emit 25% less CO2eq by 2030 than in the reference year 2016. The good news is that we have already achieved this goal by 2022. We have certified 6 of our models as climate neutral within the agreed limits of the sources of greenhouse gas emissions of these products from cradle to shelf.

Of course, we continue to reduce our CO2eq emissions, focusing mainly on our material use. The emissions we cannot yet reduce, we offset through the Golden Standard offsets of the Climate Neutral Group's Renewable Energy Mix project. For more information on CNG, visit www.climateneutralcertification.com.

Results to 2022:

  • From 2016 to 2022, EMMA mainly reduced the internal process (e.g. at Clyde model, the reduction in kg CO2eq was 81%);
  • From 2016 to 2022, we achieved reductions on materials (at Clyde 8%).
  • The biggest impact on the Clyde D (see image opposite) are the processes (orange) and this largely contributes to a reduction of 3kg CO2eq in total. The reductions are mainly due to increased use of recycled and more sustainable materials (including the lining with partially recycled material, the insoles with 85% recycled polyurethane foam and the avoidance of PVC throughout the collection) and making processes more sustainable.

Examples of process and energy improvements in own organisation:

  • Water-based adhesives (95%+);
  • A more fuel-efficient compressor;
  • Heat recovery from the compressor;
  • The purchase of renewable energy;
  • The use of heat pumps, which significantly reduce gas consumption.

Examples:

-Water-based adhesives
-more fuel-efficient compressor
-Heat recovery from the compressor
-purchase of renewable energy
-Use of heat pumps

The focus towards 2030 is mainly on reducing CO2 emissions in material and raw material consumption, increasing production efficiency and rolling out LED lighting throughout EMMA's premises. EMMA is monitored annually by an independent external auditor on our reductions achieved.