The leading sports retailer Decathlon aims to achieve its science-based emissions targets in line with the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. In order to achieve these goals, the company has sought approval from the Science Based Target (SBT) initiative, which has approved its Climate Change commitments. Decathlon has committed to reducing its CO2 emissions associated with direct and indirect emissions linked to buying electricity by 75 per cent and getting its main suppliers to set their own science-based targets by 2024.
In addition to this, 100 per cent of new Decathlon products will be eco-designed by 2021 and it will also investigate into developing the sale of second-hand products throughout the store. The company also aims to use just 1 per cent air freight for its transportation needs and reduce the impact of other means of transport.
These targets will be supplemented by a group-wide target to reduce CO2 emissions per product sold by 40 per cent between 2016 and 2026 for all its sports categories. Decathlon has also signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, an industry-led initiative under the aegis of UN Climate Change, in order to help achieve its targets and encourage climate action across the sector
Decathlon aims to achieve these targets through a number of sustainable strategies, including using 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2026 in its stores – including its 45 in the UK – and warehouses, whilst supporting its industrial partners to do the same.