Nike reveals sustainable manufacturing achievements
The company’s ultimate goal is to double its business while halving its environmental impact.
Achievements so far include a sustainable overhaul of its manufacturing processes, including using Flyknit technology, which produces 60 percent less waste than traditional cut-and-sew methods. Since 2012, the technology has reduced nearly 3.5 million pounds of waste.
In addition, Nike has been using plastic bottles to convert into recycled polysetser and, since 2010, more than three billion bottles have been diverted from landfills. The company’s ColorDry technology, which dyes fabric using zero water, has saved more than 20 million litres of water.
The company is also working on reducing the amount of energy used to produce its footwear – it takes about half the energy and generates around half the emissions to make Nike shoes as it did eight years ago. Looking to FY25, Nike aims to use 100 percent renewable energy in its owned and operated facilities, and has already implemented on-site renewable energy generation at some of its largest facilities.
Nike also revealed its targets for 2020, which include:
- to have zero waste from contracted footwear manufacturing sent to landfill or incineration without energy recovery
- to source 100 percent of products from contract factories meeting the company’s definition of sustainable
- to create products that deliver maximum performance with minimum impact, seeking a 10 percent reduction in the average environmental footprint and an increased use of more sustainable materials overall
- by the end of 2025, to reach 100 percent renewable energy in owned or operated facilities and to encourage broader adoption of renewable energy as part of an effort to control absolute emissions.
Sustainable Manufacturing: Bayer Joins Manufacture 2030
“Advancing life - that's what we at Bayer are all about.” With this strong mission statement at the core of its operations, it seems fitting that the pharmaceutical and life science company has joined Manufacture 2030 to further promote inclusive growth and responsible use of resources.
For Bayer, the concept of means “providing more people across the world with access to health care and food security, and devising solutions to protect the environment, especially decarbonisation, climate adaptation, and biodiversity preservation.”
Bayer’s Ambitious Series of Sustainability Commitments
In line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, Bayer’s ambitious sustainability targets to achieve by 2030 include:
- To reduce its Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 42%, and absolute Scope 3 GHG emissions by 12%
- By 2030 the remaining emissions of Bayer’s operations will be fully offset by purchasing certificates from verified climate protection projects
“Given CO2 emissions are the main reason for climate change, Bayer is committed to making our business as resource efficient as possible, aiming to become carbon-neutral across our own operations by 2030. By partnering with Manufacture 2030 and their cloud-based platform, the Bee, we can better equip our operational teams with the know-how needed to reduce impacts, as well as track our site-level performance towards company targets. We are confident that by embedding innovative technologies like the Bee, we can play our part in protecting the climate,” said Thomas Gosmann, Head of Pharma Technology & Global Energy Manager at Bayer.
Bayer’s Five Year Partnership with Manufacture 2030
Over the next five years, Manufacture 2030 aims to help Bayer meet its targets, reducing SCope 1 and 2 emissions across Bayer’s 138 sites, and covering all three business units (pharmaceuticals, consumer health and crop science).
“We are delighted to be launching this new partnership with Bayer, helping them to achieve their Science Based Targets by reducing site-level environmental impacts. Helping people and the planet is at the heart of Bayer’s philosophy, as well as being an organisation full of expertise, so we are thrilled they have chosen our unique platform to aid them in continually improving the environmental sustainability of their business,” added Martin Chilcott, Founder and CEO at Manufacture 2030.
About Manufacture 2030
Manufacture 2030 - Founded in 2017 - is a trading brand of mission-driven private company . Manufacture 2030 pioneers new ways to drive sustainable proactive across the manufacturing and supply chain world by partnering with multiple brands and their suppliers to reduce environmental impacts.
Headquartered in the UK, the company’s platform and support services help suppliers and manufacturers in 50 countries around the world.
“We are a culturally diverse and energetic team, passionately committed to helping our clients and their suppliers achieve their carbon reduction commitments,” says Manufacture 2030.