By Ethan McLeod
April 9, 2021
Acknowledging a dire global threat of human-driven climate change, Baltimore sportswear maker Under Armour has joined competitor fashion companies like Nike and Adidas in committing to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.
The company, which two months ago also signed onto the private “America is All In” initiative supporting “a society-wide mobilization for bold climate ambition,” has announced three specific targets for its operations:
- Reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030 from 2018 levels, a benchmark approved by the international Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) that started in 2015;
- Ramping up sourcing of renewable electricity in company-owned and -operated facilities to 80% by 2025 and 100% by 2030;
- And achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, another target set by the SBTi and international partners, which more than 400 companies have signed onto. The collective aim is to limit an ongoing global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius above what it was before the Industrial Revolution, a vision set out in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
These goals are also in line with those set by RE100, a global initiative Under Armour has now joined in which influential companies are committing to 100% renewable electricity use.
“We want Focused Performers” — a reference to the company’s target market of athletes — “our teammates and our communities to thrive with clean air, water, and home fields,” said Under Armour Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Michael Levine in a statement. “Our commitment to specific climate targets and milestones allows us to align our business planning with the future we want to see — the best performance imaginable on the cleanest planet Earth possible.”
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Source: The Baltimore Business Journal