Rescuing people also means protecting their playground
For over 35 years, ARVA has been protecting people by manufacturing the best mutual assistance avalanche rescue equipment. But in the face of climate change, helping people also means protecting their playground.
Today, everyone has a role to play in limiting environmental imbalance. Greenhouse gas emissions are largely responsible for this imbalance, which is why ARVA launched a sustainability programme in 2020 to establish a clear picture of the brand’s environmental footprint so that we can act effectively to protect the natural environment that fuels our passion for the outdoors.
Measure Reduce Offset
The first step is to take stock, undertake a carbon assessment and understand our footprint. Faced with this situation, the brand must define objectives for reducing its CO2 emissions effectively. Finally, offsetting helps absorb CO2 emissions by implementing solutions that "sequester" greenhouse gas emissions.
To determine its greenhouse gas emissions, ARVA has taken into account the processes involved in the life cycle of its products, from the raw material to the end of the product’s life. And what is more, it has also the processes involved in the sale of the products.
Raw materials needed for electronic products or other technical equipment (electronics, aluminium, plastic, etc.)
Transport of raw materials to manufacturing/assembly sites (road, sea and air)
Packing for transport
Upstream distribution : Factories > Storage Storage > Stores
Downstream distribution : Storage > Customer (e-commerce)
Electricity consumption of products (batteries, etc.)
Final product (raw materials and initial packaging)
Packaging for delivery
Warehouse electricity consumtpion
Fixed assets (property, computers...)
Home to work travel
Office water and electricity consumption
Advertising / Digital marketing and digital usage
Carbon footprint in 2020
Emissions are calculated according to the GHG protocol, which takes into account six greenhouse gases (CO2, N2O, CH4, HFCs, PFCs, SF6) and expresses the emissions in CO2 equivalent.
Breaking down emissions
Product production and raw materials represent more than 60% of CO2 emissions.
- Raw materials
- Stores, offices and sales
- End of life
- Product uses
Aluminium is the raw material that emits most with 38% of emissions.
- Yarn (PA, PE, PP, Recycled PE, PET)
- Electronics & LCD display
- Plastic, PC & POM plastic
Transportation between warehouses and shops accounts for 47% of ARVA’s transport impact.
Next, there is FREIGHT (transport of raw materials to factories) with 43% of emissions and transport from factories to warehouses with 10% of emissions.
- 47%of transport impact from warehouse to store
- 43%of transport impact is freight (transport of raw materials to factory)
- 10%of transport impact from factory to warehouse
The CO2 emissions linked to sales result mainly from employees’ business or daily travel with 70% of emissions.
15% are related to the energy used in offices and 15% for everything else, including advertising, marketing, computing activities, packaging, office waste, and supplier expenses.
- 70%Employee travel
- 15%Energy used in offices
- 15%Marketing, digital, packaging, offices waste and supplier expenses.
Following this assessment identifying the activities that emit the most greenhouse gases, ARVA has set itself 14 objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Initially, to maximise efficiency, these objectives will focus mainly on product production and raw materials, which represent the largest share of emissions.
Our 14 commitments
Raising awareness through communication
1 / 14
Add an environmental message into the brand’s communications
- Implementation of “eco-design” and “carbon footprint” theme in brand communication
2 / 14
eliminate the use of PFCs from the entire backpack range
- 100% All of our backpacks are made without PFCs.
3 / 14
Measure and display the weight of single-use plastic for each of the products
- Weight measurement underway
Second Life of Products
4 / 14
Offer a clear programme for products’ second life.
- Programme development underway
5 / 14
Add a criterion into the recruitment of athletes and ambassadors based on their ecological commitment
- Support of Gaëtan Gaudissard for his film "Conscience"
6 / 14
Optimise the shovel blade manufacturing process to reduce waste material and thus reduce aluminium consumed in blade manufacture by 5%.
7 / 14
Use 10% recycled aluminium in the shovels and probes category.
- At the end of 2021, less than 5% of the aluminium used is recycled
8 / 14
Refine the carbon footprint by product, so we know the CO2 emissions for each product and can refine the objectives
- Carbon footprint measurement by product in progress
9 / 14
20% of EVO4 produced using antennas from scrapped devices. Reuse the antennas from end-of-life transceivers in the production of new EVO4s.
10 / 14
100% recycled fabrics: use only recycled fabric for the entire backpack range
- 55% of the fabric we use for backpacks is recycled. This represents 60% for backpacks and 50% for airbag backpacks.
Impact of the ARVA structure
11 / 14
Limit air travel to reduce the impact of the ARVA organisation’s business travel
12 / 14
Reduce the proportion of air transport in upstream distribution (transport between factories and depots).
GHG emissions from shovels and probes
13 / 14
Reduce by 50% greenhouse gas emissions linked to the shovel and probe categories
- Research on new less-emitting materials in progress
14 / 14
Help our subcontractors to improve their energy mix
- 100% of the electricity used to manufacture our shovels is hydroelectric in origin and is produced directly on site
Faced with the challenges of climate change, ARVA has measured the urgency of the situation. Changing industrial processes, sourcing raw materials and implementing a second-life programme takes time.
But as with avalanche rescue, every second counts! This is why, in parallel with an ambitious emissions reduction plan, ARVA has chosen to offset its CO2 emissions from 2021 and is starting on a path towards contributing to global neutrality.
ARVA – Carbon Neutral
From November 2021, every kilogramme of CO2 equivalent emitted by the ARVA brand will be offset by funding carbon sequestration projects in partnership with ClimatePartner.
Partnering with ClimatePartner ensures that greenhouse gas sequestration projects are certified to international standards, are audited annually, and contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.