Brand CasesPuma Motivates High-Impact Suppliers to Reduce Emissions

Publication Date:2019-05-19

Puma set a 3% target for reduction of greenhouse gas emissions as part of its efforts to help fulfill the United Nations’ sustainable development goals and honor commitments made at the 2015 climate change conference. The target is set relative to turnover on the basis of regular collection of energy consumption data from its suppliers. Puma’s 2016 Annual Report shows that the brand’s strategy and actions are beginning to show results: 

(Scope 1: Organizational and structural direct emissions; Scope 2: Electricity and heating indirect emissions; Scope 3: Other supply-chain related emissions)

Beginning in 2013, Puma actively promoted its production-oriented suppliers to participate in the three-year SAVE (Sustainable Action and Vision for a Better Environment) project. The project aimed to promote Asian clothing, shoes and jewelry manufacturers’ capacity-building to enhance their environmental friendliness. The project covered a total of 35 suppliers from four countries, and mainly focused on water use efficiency, waste reduction, energy use efficiency as well as greenhouse gas emissions reduction. 

Among suppliers participating in SAVE, 18 were from China. These suppliers on average conserved 33,208,796 kWh per year. The main energy-saving measures adopted by these suppliers include installation of servo motors to sewing machines, replacement of T8/T5 lights with LED lamps, and installation of transparent roofs to maximize natural lighting.  Larger factories with bigger requirements for investment in environmental protection focused on the use of renewable energies, including installation of solar power systems and use of biomass boilers (see SAVE PROJECT FINAL REPORT for details).

In addition, the 18 suppliers saved 119,555 m³ of water, reducing wastewater discharge by 234 tons: 

Every year, Puma also identifies Chinese suppliers with relatively high environmental impacts and pushes them for improvement by requiring them to report and disclose their Pollution Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) data on IPE’s website.  

 (The above content was provided to IPE by the brand, who is responsible for the accuracy of the data.)