VF aspires to be entirely powered by renewable energy across our company — from offices to distribution centers to owned manufacturing plants and retail stores.
Utilizing renewable energy remains a priority for VF and its brands.
Wind turbines help power our Alameda, California, facility.
We recognize that achieving our renewable energy goals will take time. In the meantime, we will leverage opportunities to adopt renewable energy whenever and wherever possible. To date, we have achieved the greatest progress in Germany, where half of our facilities purchase 100 percent renewable energy. Other examples of renewable energy efforts across our enterprise include:
Our international headquarters in Stabio, Switzerland, uses 100 percent renewable energy, 10 percent of which comes from photovoltaic panels on the roof. The rest of the energy is purchased from external renewable sources, including hydroelectric and wind turbine.
The Outdoor & Action Sports coalition headquarters in Alameda, California, features solar window shades as well as solar roof and parking cover panels. In addition, wind turbines contribute to producing 100 percent clean renewable energy for the facility. VF’s office building in Bornem, Belgium, is equipped with solar panels that produced nearly 277,000 kWh of electricity in 2013 — the equivalent of 106 tons of CO2 was avoided. Eighty percent of that electricity was immediately used by VF, with 20 percent returned to the electricity grid.
Our global headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, uses a solar hot water system; natural gas consumption has been reduced by 25%+ since 2009.
At the Outdoor Coalition’s Visalia, California distribution center, a one MW solar panel array provides 20 percent of that location’s electricity needs, saving the equivalent of over 585 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year.
A number of the Timberland® brand’s distribution centers use renewable energy. The brand’s facility in Almelo, Holland, uses 100 percent wind energy sourced through the electric grid at a competitive cost. At the brand’s Ontario, California, distribution center, a 400 kW solar system provides approximately half of the electricity for the 500,000-square-foot facility.
Our Jeanswear manufacturing factory in Turkey installed a 10 kWh capacity solar panel system in June 2013 that has reduced its energy consumption by 2 percent.