Energy and Climate

Reducing our Carbon Footprint and Increasing Energy Efficiency

Today, about 98 percent of VF’s primary energy comes from fossil fuels. This represents both a challenge and an opportunity. Moving to renewable energy sources, finding methods to optimize energy use, and achieving further operational efficiency are our top priorities.

We are actively pursuing strategies that reduce our carbon footprint while working with industry groups, governments and NGOs to support national action on climate change.

VF spends more than $125 million annually on energy, fuel and business travel to power our operations worldwide. Reducing this energy use is not just good for the environment, it’s also good for our business. We understand that physical aspects of climate change, such as shifts that result in precipitation or temperature changes and water scarcity, may also pose risks to VF’s global supply chain by affecting our ability to acquire raw materials, to manufacture products or to transport them to market. Additionally, our goal is to exchange carbon-intensive energy sources for cleaner, renewable sources such as solar and wind. Achievements in these areas will insulate us from energy price volatility and potential carbon tax implications.

We believe the risks associated with climate change are real and that actions to address this issue on a global scale require immediate attention. As such, VF is collaborating with industry groups, governments and NGOs to lead meaningful dialogue on the topic, and we are pursuing multiple methods to mitigate our own carbon impacts. In 2013, VF has saved 22,528 GJ from our efforts to reduce energy use.

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Outside of VF’s operations, we are leveraging our business influence to advocate for better climate policies in the U.S. We actively support Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), an organization that accelerates technical advancements and policies that minimize the impact of climate change and hasten the transition to renewable energy. We also report to the Carbon Disclosure Project to further communicate our efforts and to support our stakeholders’ desire for increased transparency.

21001GRI Indicator EN3: Total direct energy consumption
21002GRI Indicator EN4: Total indirect energy consumption

Our Approach and Goals

Taking inventory of Our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions

Energy Efficiency

Becoming Responsible Stewards of the World’s Water

Renewable Energy

Powering Our Company with Renewable Energy