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Climate Change and Decarbonization

Managing the environmental impacts at our own sites and across the entire value chain is a key focus of our work. We are committed to decarbonization by reducing our absolute energy consumption and GHG emissions, and transitioning to clean energy.

The climate crisis presents the most pressing long-term challenge facing civilization. For that reason, adidas has set targets that will help us limit emissions aligned with the 1.5°C benchmark and contribute to a net-zero future. adidas has committed to:

  • by 2025, achieving climate neutrality (CO2e) across its own operations (Scope 1 and 2) 
  • by 2030, reducing absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30% across the entire value chain (Scope 1, 2, 3)1, measured against a baseline of 2017,
  • by 2050, achieving climate neutrality (CO2e) across the entire value chain.

Our emission reduction targets by 2030 have been approved by the ‘Science Based Targets initiative’ (‘SBTi’). Within the 2025 target, we commit to reducing absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 90% from a baseline of 2017. This target is consistent with the reduction pathways needed to prevent a rise in average temperatures of more than 1.5°C – the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement. Our GHG reduction target for value chain emissions (Scope 3) meets the SBTi’s criteria for ambitious value chain goals, meaning they are in line with current best practices.

Our ’Environmental Footprint Tool’ enables us to quantify, monitor, and be transparent about our carbon footprint not only across our own operations, but along our entire value chain. This covers all stages from extraction, production and processing of materials, product assembly, own operations, and logistics to the use phase and the disposal of our products at the end of their lifetime. Results for 2022 clearly show again that our environmental impacts are distributed unequally across the value chain, with the most significant impacts generated in the supply chain, particularly raw materials production and processing. We are moving ahead with our ambition to fully integrate the tool into our existing data-tracking systems to enable real-time simulations.

The following table shows the total annual GHG emissions across our value chain. The average Scope 1, 2, and 3 annual GHG emissions per product for 2022 decreased compared to the previous year. This reduction was majorly driven by our focus on innovation that enabled us to, for example, reduce emissions through low-carbon manufacturing and materials. In 2022, 96% of all polyester we used was recycled polyester, ensuring we are on the right path to achieving our target to only use recycled polyester. By continuing to focus on our decarbonization strategy which includes further material innovation, switching to cleaner energy sources at our supplier facilities, enabling low-carbon design for our products, and achieving climate neutrality (CO2e) across our own operations, we will ensure we stay on track to achieve our target of 15% emission reduction per product by 2025 (baseline 2017).

Despite reducing our GHG emission intensity, as shown in the table, due to an increase in the number of products we created and shipped, and due to the return of employees to the offices after the pandemic, we see a slight increase in the total absolute GHG emission compared to the previous year.

Measuring our product footprint

In order to create new and elevated consumer experiences, we are developing and implementing tools that bring more transparency to our product creation process, enabling our development and innovation teams to identify materials as well as create products and concepts with lower carbon footprints. At the same time, this helps us provide consumers with greater transparency for more informed purchase decisions. Following the launch of our most climate-friendly shoe in collaboration with Allbirds, we continued to scale our capabilities to calculate and communicate our product footprints visible to consumers. During 2022, we introduced the Adizero Lightstrike with a carbon footprint of 3.5 kg CO2e per pair, achieving a 42% reduction compared to the previous version, and the Supernova 2 with a footprint of 8.9 kg CO2e per pair, an 11% reduction.

Identifying ways we can make lower-impact products requires a detailed and thorough approach that includes not only optimizing our own operations but also the manufacturing of each of our products. And since most of our carbon emissions occur outside our direct control, we collaborate with our suppliers located across the globe, helping them improve their carbon footprint during production processes.


Climate-related reporting and disclosure

We acknowledge the value of climate-related reporting and for many years have been reporting into well-established frameworks such as the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).  Based on its international accreditation, we are aiming to include recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) that enable companies to improve reporting of climate-related financial information, especially climate-related risks and opportunities. The TCFD is structured around four areas that represent core elements of how organizations operate: governance, strategy, risk management and metrics and targets.