Amer Sports annually assesses its group-wide carbon footprint measurement and participates in the the Carbon Disclosure Program (www.cdp.net).
By participating in CDP’s Climate Change program, companies worldwide can gain more understanding on their carbon emission sources and estimate how to cut down emissions and improve their efficiency. In 2016, Amer Sports’ performance rating was C on a scale from D- to A.
Amer Sports has several carbon reduction initiatives and, as a result of these efforts, Amer Sports’ carbon intensity has fallen since 2009 and thus its operations have become more efficient.
There are several ongoing actions and initiatives to reduce, for instance, energy, travel and waste, varying from day-to-day office practices to initiatives in manufacturing facilities. For instance, Amer Sports has a Travel Policy that applies to all employee levels in all business areas and entities. The key elements of the global travel policy are to estimate the necessity of travel and consider alternative communication methods.
Altenmarkt ski factory is smart and green
Amer Sports Winter Sports Equipment manufacturing facility in Altenmarkt, Austria applies innovative measures on reducing its carbon footprint, being more sustainable, and recycling more. These questions are cornerstones of all its operations. The heating energy for both the ski factory and the town of Alternmarkt comes solely from biomass, and the electrical power consumption of the plant has been 100% renewable for many years. Previously, the factory consumed almost one million liters of oil every year. Today, oil is not needed any more, and the factory has reduced its annual CO2 emissions by 10 million kilograms.
The factory has also improved its energy efficiency. Insulation for buildings and infrastructure as well as its new heat recovery systems have helped it to reduce the thermal energy for heating the facilities around 50% from 10.2 GWh in the year 2010 to 5.2 GWh per year.
Precor North Carolina, a LEED factory
Precor North Carolina manufacturing facility is a LEED certified factory that has implemented several sustainable practices and consistently works towards energy savings. The latest actions covered review of compressor utilization, a program to repair air leaks of utilities in manufacturing, and the use of timers on the lights in the factory. These actions resulted in 11% reduction in kilowatt hour usage and summed up as a total annual savings of approximately 40,000 USD.
Amer Sports Winter and Outdoor is EPA’s Green Power Partner
Amer Sports Winter and Outdoor in Ogden participates in the EPA’s (United States Environmental Protection Agency) Green Power Partnership. Currently 27% of its annual power usage, or 23,000 kWh (Third-Party Certified Green Power Product) is wind produced, and we are looking to increase that amount. www.epa.gov/greenpower/
Salomon and Mavic committed to apply ISO 14001:2015 AND 50001
In 2016, Salomon committed to work towards ISO 14001 certification for its Design Center in Annecy, France. ISO 14001 establishes the criteria for an environmental management system and can serve as a basis for certification. ISO 14001 provides practical tools to manage environmental responsibilities, based on the principle of the continuous improvement of environmental performance by monitoring and controlling the impacts linked to the company’s activities, such as chemical safety, waste and wastewater.
Salomon is also working to achieve ISO 50001 Energy Management System certification, which provides several benefits for companies; by increasing their energy efficiencies, companies can reduce costs, help conserve resources and mitigate climate change.
Call of ideas
Amer Sports Winter Sports Equipment manufacturing facility is actively seeking new ideas to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. It has launched an initiative to generate new ideas and the initiative is named Call of ideas. Out of the 130 ideas, 9 have been approved and adopted into practice. These include
- Reuse of Phenol scrap to build new cutting tools
- Reuse ski packaging material, which are today thrown away by random check workers. (styropor pieces and carton between the skis)
- ABS Waste sent back to supplier for recycling
- Improve heating system control, to avoid energy lost
- Reuse carton inlays for roll containers
Employees are instructed ways to consider how they could improve their performance in reducing their environmental impact: to reduce energy and paper consumption, increase recycling and rationalize travel. To give some examples: consider before printing, print two-sided and two pages per side, switch-off the lights when leaving the room, turn off PC monitors during lunch hours, optimize hours for air-conditioning systems, estimate the necessity to travel and use and consider alternative communication methods instead.
Amer Sports HQ and Amer Sports Finland office building is now a Green Office
Amer Sports HQ office building in Helsinki, Finland is a certified WWF Green Office. In addition to the HQ personnel, the building houses the local sales organization Amer Sports Finland, as well as Amer Sports Brand Store that welcomes all visiting shoppers. Together, Amer Sports HQ and Amer Sports Finland are committed to the sustainable practices required by the Green Office.
The WWF Green Office is a practical environmental management system for offices and sustainable organizations. The Green Office motivates office staff to act in an environmentally friendly way regarding to everyday tasks, and improves environmental awareness and provides cost savings. The scheme will benefit both the organization and the environment.
European Energy Efficiency Directive
- Several Amer Sports companies conducted energy efficiency audits during 2015 initiated by the European Energy Efficiency Directive (EED) targeting to save energy and money and to help the European Union to reach its 2020 energy efficiency targets. Energy saving actions in several Amer Sports facilities:
- Wilson manufacturing facility in Ada, Ohio: Installed new windows as the old windows were over 70 years old and energy inefficient. Also in 2015 new siding was installed which improved the energy efficiency of the factory.
- Amer Sports Winter and Outdoor: Replaced all its light fixtures with LED lights.
- Wilson Production facility ATEC: Installed new heaters and evaporating coolers in its warehouse to save energy. Heating now has updated thermostats for time controlled savings.
BREEAM certificate for Amer Sports HQ, Finland
Amer Sports HQ has consistently promoted greener office practices. When renovating the new HQ office, Amer Sports applied for the BREEAM environmental certificate, and recently in December 2015 the building received a Very Good rating in the BREEAM sustainability assessment as the first renovated office building in Finland.
Process Excellence System
The company’s business strategy was updated in 2010 and one of the key areas in this update was a focus on operational excellence which includes production efficiency. The objective of the Process Excellence System is to introduce a comprehensive set of methods, tools, and processes to attain Amer Sports business goals. The system focuses on Lean MFG methods, Six Sigma and Project Management, to enable people to drive performance, based on every employee’s contribution. Read more on manufacturing and sourcing
Precor was awarded for its environmental efforts by annual Washington Green 50 awards
In the end of 2013 Precor was a winner in the manufacturing category for its environmental efforts, being recognized for a combination of its environmental practices, including waste reduction, recycling education, and various programs that save energy and reuse otherwise waster material from our manufacturing plants. The Washington Green Awards were granted now for the third time. Below you can read more examples on the Precor’s environmental efforts.
- Precor installed high speed bay doors in its manufacturing buildings in 2011 in order to reduce heat energy loss during cooler months.
- Precor also invested in welding its ventilation system to improve energy efficiency and extend the life of equipment.
Wilson factory in Ada, Ohio updates its lighting fixtures
In 2011, the Wilson factory in Ada updated its lighting fixtures to deliver energy efficiency savings. The current fixtures and ballast were retrofitted which generates energy savings as well as improving the actual lighting in the factory. It should also be noted that the factory’s electricity provider was offering significant rebates to upgrade fixtures/ballasts. Wilson was able to take advantage of these rebates which reduced the cost of this project by 35%. Incorporated into the cost of this project was the removal and recycling of the old lighting system in order to meet all EPA requirements.
Atomic new exhaust and fresh air devices
To improve air quality and energy efficiency, Atomic has invested in new exhaust and fresh air devices (with heat recovery technology) at its facility in Altenmarkt. This cuts energy use and the facility’s scope 2 emissions.
Virtualization of server networks
Amer Sports Global IT staff completed the virtualization of the global server network, which reduced energy consumption in the Munich hosting center by almost 70%. Precor conducted a server reduction in 2008 which equated to taking 33 cars off the road.
Precor adopted an electronic document storage system
Precor installed a new electronic document storage system in 2009 which resulted in an annual reduction of 216,000 sheets of paper and $26,000 in storage costs.
Distribution and transport
Our objective is to optimize the transportation routes and methods as well as loading containers more efficiently to achieve cost savings and carbon emission reductions. We also seek ways to reduce packaging material usage and the carbon emissions of our distribution centers.
Amer Sports’ Altenmarkt site awarded for exemplary waste management
Amer Sports´ Winter Sports Operations received the Austrian Phönix 2014 waste management award for its innovative environmental and ecologically sustainable measures in ecological management.
In a precise environmental concept, ecological measures are bundled together and integrated into all operational procedures at the Altenmarkt site. Amer Sports Winter Sports is thereby assuming a pioneering role in the environmentally friendly production of sporting goods. Among the measures are for example a new recycling procedure in which industrial waste is processed into fertilizer, a reduction in CO2 emissions by 4 000 tonnes per year and an integrated concept for recovering heat through the use of discharge.
Under the motto “Einfall statt Abfall” (Ideas, not waste), the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW) and the Austrian Water and Waste Management Association (ÖWAV) present this award to companies that are particularly innovative in the area of environmental protection and ecology. The Phönix waste management award was presented for the 13th time in 2014.
Winter Sports Equipment factory in Altenmarkt reduced its production waste by 25%
Amer Sports Winter Sports Equipment (WSE) manufacturing facility in Altenmarkt, Austria has succeeded in reducing the amount of their production waste with 25%. The achievement was also highlighted by the Austrian TV channel as a good example of successful waste management.
These improvements in waste management also gained the factory two environmental nominations last year: the ÖGUT Umwelt Preis, which is an exceptional prize for companies who engage in environment protection and for the Energy Globe Award 2012, in category Earth
In the complex production processes there are lots of different materials and components used. Instead of just separating the materials and paying for recycling service, WSE is now able to sell these separated materials to the companies in other industries which needs them in their production.
Atomic separates all wood, aluminum, and composite materials as well as developing separation methods for different types of plastics
Atomic has taken steps to improve waste management, by separating all pure wood, aluminum and composite materials as well as further developing the separation of plastics into different types of plastics.
Precor implemented recycling of low-density polyethylene and rigid plastics
Precor implemented recycling of LDPE (low-density polyethylene, flexible translucent plastics) and ABS (rigid plastics) in 100% of their operations and as a result during 2011 recycled 43 metric tons of LPDEs, 1.4 metric tons of ABD, 243 metric tons of cardboard or mixed paper, 738 electronic items including phones, printers etc., and 48 pallets of electronics. By recycling these items, Precor demonstrates sustainable business practices but also achieved savings of more than $10,000 in waste removal fees and recovered IT electronics. Additionally, all the Production Supervisors and Managers worked closely to educate employees and ensured items were going to the correct location for recycling.
Arc’teryx works to create a near zero waste program
Arc’teryx is working to create a near zero waste program to reduce waste and make cost savings as well as rationalize travel.
Precor eliminated its disposables
Precor HQ reduced its waste by several hundred kilos and achieved significant annual savings by eliminating lunch room disposables.
Rationalizing footwear packages
Amer Sports Footwear launched a program to reduce the packaging of shoes. Originally Amer Sports Footwear used 60 different box sizes to accommodate all brands’ products. Amer Sports worked with a partner to develop a suitable package and reduce the amount to 33 box sizes, which are shared across all brands to minimize the individual amount of cutting waste. This approach optimizes the packaging for transport while maintaining production efficiencies. The outcomes of the shoebox packaging reduction is a saving of 24 tons of paper in 2016.
Arc’teryx uses 100% recyclable shrink wrap
One of the Arc’teryx warehouses uses an oxo-biodegradable shrink wrap for wrapping boxes on crates for shipping. The wrap contains an additive that initiates chemical breakdown more quickly and completely in the presence of oxygen and heat or UV light, and it is 100% recyclable.