Timberland has met its greenhouse gas emissions and renewable energy goals two years ahead of schedule.
The outdoor clothing and footwear company, a VF Corporation brand, in 2007 set a series of sustainability targets to achieve by 2015 including to reduce GHG emissions by 50 percent, against a 2006 baseline, and to source 30 percent of energy from clean, renewable sources by 2015, also against a 2006 baseline.
By the end of 2013, Timberland says it achieved a 50 percent reduction in GHG emissions. In 2013 alone, the brand reported a 22 percent reduction in GHGs compared to 2012.
Also by the end of last year, Timberland says it sourced 26 percent of its energy from renewable sources, exceeding its 2013 target of 23 percent, and just one percent shy of its 27 percent goal for 2014. In 2013 alone, the brand increased its use of renewable energy by 28 percent versus 2012.
Timberland attributes these results to a higher use of renewable energy sources in its European headquarters as well as in its global distribution centers.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Timberland exceeded its GHG and renewable energy goals two years ahead of schedule, achieving a 53 percent reduction in GHG emissions and sourcing 31.4 percent of energy from renewable sources. However, during an independent audit of the data reported, it was discovered that the renewable energy data for one of Timberland’s distribution centers was incorrect. Timberland corrected the error.