According to the United Nations, climate change is the world’s number one threat.
As a business, the impacts of climate change can also impact on our direct operations. Our Fairtrade supplier has said that decreased rainfall is reducing cotton yields.
How will we get there?
The first step is to measure. Greenhouse gas emissions are grouped under the names Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3.
Scope 1 are the emissions that come directly from the business. So a coal-fired power plant has scope 1 emissions, but we do not.
Scope 2 covers indirect energy emissions like the electricity we purchase from power companies.
Scope 3 are emissions that occur in our supply chain beyond our organisational boundary including logistics like employee travel and transport of stock.
We’ve begun to measure the carbon footprint of our Scope 3 emissions. The biggest impact comes from transporting product, so we track the emissions of all our shipments from port to port. Tracking this data will help us to streamline our operations, reduce our carbon footprint, and reduce our costs.
Our organisational carbon footprint in Australia is much higher than in New Zealand. This is a reflection of our larger Australian operational footprint and Australia’s predominantly coal–based energy supply compared to New Zealand, where approximately 80% is renewable.
Minimising our impact
We look to reduce and offset our carbon emissions with innovative, energy-saving solutions. Our staff, ambassadors and partners all play an important role.
Green Star buildings
Kathmandu currently have three 5-star Green Star buildings including our New Zealand office. The rating measures the overall environmental impact of a building like water use, energy and emissions.
Carbon offsetting through habitat regeneration
In 2015, we started a program to offset all of our business air travel emissions through the Hinewai Reserve in New Zealand. The Hinewai project focuses on the regeneration of native vegetation and habitat for wildlife.
Located near the Kathmandu Christchurch office, the Hinewai project focuses on the regeneration of native vegetation and habitat for wildlife. Since 1987, the Hinewai Reserve has grown from a 109 hectare block of farmland to 1230 hectares of regenerating native bush.
Hinewai Reserve Manager Hugh Wilson was known as the ‘gorse farmer’ by locals. After farmers spent decades battling invasive plants like gorse, Hugh pioneered a way to use gorse as a shelter plant for regenerating natives.
This forest regeneration, along with predator control, has helped many bird species thrive in the reserve. Bellbirds, grey warblers, tomtits and pigeons are now regularly sighted. Tui, re–introduced in 2009, are also settling in.
Action through awareness
In our stores, offices, and distribution centres, heating and air-conditioning use the most energy. We educate our staff to effectively manage these systems. The same goes for lighting — regular reminders to switch off lights helps to minimise costs and the impact of our operational footprint.
We've also working with Explorer, Environmental Scientist and climate change activist, Tim Jarvis. Tim has taken on the role of Global Brand Ambassador for Kathmandu and is committed to finding solutions to major environmental issues related to climate change and biodiversity loss.
We work with Toitū Envirocare, a carbon certification company, who verify our carbon measurements to achieve 'Toitū carbonreduce certification' and help us identify ways to reduce emissions.
Head to our Sustainability Hub to learn about our recent sustainability initiatives or head back to Our Footprint to see our ongoing commitments to making a positive environmental and social impact.
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