The sustainability framework is informed by global trends and the United Nation’s SDGs
Performance fabrics specialist WL Gore & Associates has developed a new sustainability framework for its fabrics division – a key initiative of which is to become carbon neutral by 2050.
The sustainability framework is informed by global trends and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and reflects the company’s efforts to “maximise the societal value” Gore delivers through its operations, supply chains and innovations, and a commitment to reduce the environmental footprint of its operations.
A key strategic initiative supporting the framework is an absolute and science-based goal to reduce scope 1&2 carbon emissions by 60% by 2030, and reduce absolute product related carbon emissions of its Gore-Tex products (scope 3) by 35% by 2030.
“With our new sustainability framework, we aim to redefine performance beyond technical product features to the benefit of both people and the planet,” says Ross MacLaine, sustainability team leader of the Gore Fabrics Division. “We will continue to focus our efforts on sustainability led innovations and our initiatives to maximize the societal value we create. Alongside this, there is a continual commitment to work to minimise the environmental impact of our operations and products.”
In 2019, the Gore Fabrics Division completed an evaluation of its carbon footprint to understand the size and scope of the division’s climate impact. Using 2016 as a baseline, Gore fabrics followed a science-based methodology in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Standard, to set carbon goals for its Gore-Tex brand to reduce emissions from production and sourced energy (scopes 1 and 2) as well as from product related emissions (scope 3).
In order to achieve the goals, the Gore-Tex brand has defined three initial key action areas: Reduce energy consumption and continue to introduce renewable energy at Gore’s manufacturing sites; optimise product design, balancing durable performance with lower footprint materials while maintaining fitness for use; and working with suppliers to reduce their plants’ emissions, switching from fossil fuel generated energy to renewable energy while increasing efficiency.