Bergfreunde reduces CO2 emissions by 60% and thus leads the Capital climate ranking of “Germany’s most climate-conscious companies” for the first time

Bergfreunde, online specialist retailer for mountain sports, climbing and outdoor equipment is the most climate-conscious company in Germany. This is the result of the market research company Statista and the business magazine Capital in their new ranking, which is published today. The assessment is based on data from over 2,000 German companies on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and publicly available information, such as from sustainability reports. The analysis focused on the question of which companies succeed best in reducing CO2 emissions without having to restrict sales or production growth as a result.

The market research institute Statista and the trade journal Capital are today publishing their study on how successful German companies are in reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.  The result: this year, sports outfitter Bergfreunde is in first place in the ranking of “Germany’s climate-conscious companies”. The outdoor specialist has reduced the average intensity of its CO2 emissions by 60.2 percent over the past three years. The fast-growing online mail order company achieves a major effect through its fully automated, energy-saving logistics center and through the complete switch to regenerative energies. This pushes Bergfreunde past last year’s winner Zalando. With currently comparatively low emissions (Scope 1 + 2) of 30 tons of CO2, Bergfreunde comes to an emissions intensity of 0.20 (emissions in relation to sales).

This results in a CARR value of 60.2 percent, which is relevant for the Capital climate ranking. Bergfreunde receives additional points because the company already collects Scope 3 data and formulates climate protection targets in accordance with the Science Based Target Initiative.  “We are very proud of this result, but we are only on the way, not yet at our goal,” explains Matthias Gebhard, Managing Director of Bergfreunde GmbH. “For us as a non-energyintensive company, it is comparatively easy to drastically reduce our emissions. In this way, we want to encourage other companies to also take this path. Climate protection is very important to us, also because it is the basis of our business. Through our commitment, we want to show that ecology and economy are not opposites, but essential parameters for living healthily and working successfully in the future. We see this award as an incentive for further climate protection measures.”

About the methodology of the study
For the study, listed corporations, large medium-sized companies and family-owned businesses were called upon to share their data on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In parallel, Statista evaluated publicly available data, e.g. from sustainability reports, from more than 2000 companies from mid-September to the end of October. The CARR value
(Compound Annual Reduction Rate) determined in the process was set in relation to the company’s sales and formed the basis of the ranking. This year, the value was supplemented
by additional points awarded, for example, for transparency in the presentation of the sustainability strategy. Rewards were also given if companies not only considered their own
emissions (Scope 1 and 2), but also determined emissions along the entire value chain (Scope 3) and sought a solution for this in their sustainability strategy.

You can view the complete ranking and detailed information on the methodology here: