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Climate ActionRoadmap

Introduction

Welcome to the Climate Action Roadmap!

The Shift Cycling Industry Climate Commitment, launched in 2021, has been a great starting point and tool for companies in the cycling industry to take responsibility for their impacts on climate change. But we have to move the needle further and faster, and move from ambition into action mode.

The Climate Action Roadmap supports companies to identify and take individual next steps in their climate journey. It is designed to drive continuous improvement. It will also help to identify areas where collective action is required to move forward.

With the help of the Shift community, we will continue to mature the Roadmap with the latest case studies from within and beyond the cycling industry; inspiring others to get involved.   

How to use the Roadmap

The Roadmap provides cycling companies of any size with guidance on the steps they can take to move their climate agenda forward.

 

Companies are invited to self-assess their climate ambition and action according to the three stages of Bronze, Silver and Gold. This is to understand where opportunities for improvement lie, identifying helpful resources and case studies along the way.

The Roadmap is not a race. It is a tool to help as many companies as possible with taking meaningful climate action. As an individual company and in collaboration with others.

There is also no one-size-fits-all approach. This Roadmap proposes actions to push the climate agenda within an organisation. However, it won't be a linear process. Some areas will have low-hanging fruit, whereas others will take longer to master. 

 

The aspiration is for the entire cycling industry to attain the 'Gold' level by the end of this decade, transforming the sector from a latecomer to a proactive force, set up to achieve a Net Zero or even Net Positive environmental impact by 2050 or sooner.

Each stage of the Roadmap consists of four elements:

 

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Business operations refers to the owned and operated facilities of the organisation, as well as mobility-related activities, such as commuting and business travel of employees. It also includes the training and mobilisation of employees working in the organisation.

 

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Product covers all activities and processes related to the development and sale of an organisation’s product or service.

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Transparency & Communication relates to the organisation’s internal and external communication efforts and stakeholder engagement.

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Collaboration refers to the organisation’s activities beyond their own business to drive positive impact across the industry and for the greater good.

We appreciate that these elements can have overlaps or blurring lines between each other. And that organisations may have their own categories to structure efforts towards climate action. 

About the Roadmap

The Climate Action Roadmap is inspired by the CO2 Performance Ladder, a recognised tool of best practice for sustainable development by bodies such as the IPCC and OECD. It also incorporates aspects of other industry examples, as well as the latest climate mitigation frameworks.

 

The Roadmap supports a science-based approach to climate mitigation in line with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5°C and builds on the highest and recognised standards for climate accounting and action.

 

We welcome any feedback, relevant case studies and ideas for improvement via email to sandra@shiftcyclingculture.com.

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Bronze 

INTRO 

The Bronze level provides a starting point and lays out several fundamental aspects of your organisation’s climate journey. It identifies the first actions required, offers helpful resources to set your organisation on the right path and encourages engagement with important stakeholders along the way.

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BUSINESS OPERATIONS 

BB1

Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 business travel GHG emissions are measured according to the GHG Protocol on an annual basis. Tools & Resources: • The Greenhouse Gas Protocol • GHG Protocol guidance on measuring Scope 3 emissions. • Read in this helpful article GHG Protocol vs ISO14064 (in German) about the difference of these two standards for emissions accounting and reporting.

BB2

An Energy Management System and/or ISO14001 Environmental Management System is implemented. Tools & Resources: • ISO14001 Environmental Management System. • The ISO14001 SME Guide to Energy Efficiency provides some useful information on how to get started with basic energy saving measures.

BB3

All company-owned premises run off 100% renewable electricity. Tools & Resources: • RE100 offers support to large companies on transitioning to 100% renewable energy. • Work for Climate has published a ‘playbook’ on renewable energy, more accessible for SMEs.

BB4

All employees have access to and are incentivized to participate in an educational training about climate change. Tools & Resources: • For example, through Shift's Carbon Literacy Training (to be launched early 2024) in collaboration with the Carbon Literacy Project.

BB5

A way for employees to share ideas with team leads on how to improve environmental impacts of the organisation and its products is established.

BB6

Relevance and impact of current and future legislation is identified. Such as, but not limited to, those listed below: Tools & Resources: • EU CSRDEU CBAMEU ESPREU Battery DirectiveEU Green Deal's Forest StrategyDue Diligence Legislation

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PRODUCT 

BP1

Environmental impacts are considered as part of every design brief for new product developments.

BP2

Ways to move towards lower-carbon impact products and processes are analysed and identified. Tools & Resources: • Participation in the Shift Circular Design Course. • Participation in the Clean By Design programme of the Apparel Impact Institute.

BP3

Strategic relevant TIER 1 and TIER 2 suppliers got invited to participate in the Shift Climate Action Training AND to commit to GHG emissions reductions of their business operations.

BP4

‘Quick wins’ in reducing product emissions, including packaging, with strategic TIER 1 and TIER 2 suppliers are identified.

BP5

Impacts of packaging are reduced through using more sustainable packaging materials and optimizing packaging by size and material as well as number of shipments. Tools & Resources: • Cycling Industry Sustainable Packaging Pledge.

BP6

GHG emissions of product transportation are tracked on an annual basis and ways to improve their impact are identified. Tools & Resources: • VAUDE's Green Logistics Project.

TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNICATION 

BT1

Internal and external climate commitments are communicated on the organisation’s website. Tools & Resources: • The Carbon Disclosure Project offers some useful resources on how to communicate carbon performance.

BT2

An internal sustainability committee is established and meets every quarter to discuss, commit to & assign responsibility for actions and to track progress within the organisation. Each major department shall be represented.

BT3

Actions are taken to help raise awareness about the need to tackle climate change within your own organisation and beyond. Tools & Resources: • For example, through hosting a screening of Shift’s Cracked Earth documentary. • Or through Shift's Carbon Literacy Training (to be launched early 2024) in collaboration with the Carbon Literacy Project.

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COLLABORATION

COLLABORATION

BC1

Relevant sector initiatives for GHG emissions reductions are identified. Tools & Resources: • Fair RubberSustainable Apparel Coalition • For eBike batteries in the US: Call2Recycle

BC2

Your organisation participates in and provides resources to organisations and initiatives that facilitate and drive industry collaboration on climate action.

Silver 

INTRO 

The Silver level helps make the shift from individual climate initiatives to integration across your organisation and to tackle some of your challenges through collaboration. By following the proposed actions of this level, your organisation will also be prepared to meet the requirements of the EU's Corporate Sustainability Reporting (CSRD) directive.

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BUSINESS OPERATIONS 

SB1

Scope 1 & 2 and Scope 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are measured according to the GHG Protocol on an annual basis. Tools & Resources: • The Greenhouse Gas Protocol • GHG Protocol guidance on measuring Scope 3 emissions. • Read in this helpful article GHG Protocol vs ISO14064 (in German) about the difference of these two standards for emissions accounting and reporting.

SB2

A double materiality assessment has been completed to identify material climate impacts, risks and opportunities and their interaction with strategy and business model(s). Tools & Resources: • Double Materiality Assessments for CSRD by PwC

SB3

Internal policies to manage material impacts, risks and opportunities related to climate change mitigation and adaptation have been developed and put into place.

SB4

Reduction targets are set for each material climate impact and activities to achieve those are identified.

SB5

A GHG reduction target for Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 emissions is set in accordance with SBTi. The targets are consistent with the reduction pathways needed to prevent a rise in global average temperatures of more than 1.5°C. Tools & Resources: • Science Based Target Initiatives. • ERI's guidance on how to get started with planning an SBTi.

SB6

All company owned, rented and shared premises run off 100% renewable electricity. If this is not possible to achieve for rented or shared premises, alternative action plans for energy reduction shall be identified and implemented. Tools & Resources: • RE100 offers support to large companies on transitioning to 100% renewable energy. • Work for Climate has published a ‘playbook’ on renewable energy, more accessible for SMEs.

SB7

All employees have completed a recognised educational training on climate change. Tools & Resources: • For example, through Shift's Carbon Literacy Training (to be launched early 2024) in collaboration with the Carbon Literacy Project

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PRODUCT 

SP1

A target to transition to more sustainable materials for every new product is set.

SP2

Circular economy principles are central to every design brief for new product developments. Tools & Resources: • What is the circular economy? Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Circular Economy Principles . • Apidura's Revive Programme is an example of a take-back scheme within the cycling industry. • Brooks Materials Performance Sustainability Playbook (p19) offers an example of a sports company outside of the cycling industry which has laid out a commitment to embedding elements of circular design principles within their product line.

SP3

A target to replace virgin materials with recycled or biobased ones within new products is set where a solution exists, and when it contributes to reducing the climate impact. Tools & Resources: • Frog bikes and Riese & Müller begun to transition to using recycled aluminium in their production. Read their respective reports below: - Frog Bikes - Riese & Müller

SP4

Life cycle assessments for strategic product categories and constituting minimum 50% of annual turnover are completed.

SP5

A programme to support strategic TIER 1 and TIER 2 suppliers in their transition to renewable energy facilities is established. Tools & Resources: • Work for climate has published a playbook on renewable energy.

SP6

Procurement policy includes clear incentives for strategic TIER 1 and TIER 2 suppliers to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Tools & Resources: • For example, adidas'Decarbonisation Manifesto.

SP7

All product packaging is made from environmentally preferred materials. Tools & Resources: • Riese & Müller is transitioning to reusable packaging for it's eBikes.

SP8

Measures are put into place to ship products using modes of transport with less impact (e.g. avoid and minimise product distribution by air).

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TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNICATION 

ST1

The policies to manage material impacts, risks and opportunities related to climate change mitigation and adaptation are disclosed on the website.

ST2

Potential financial effects from material physical and transition risks and potential climate-related opportunities are disclosed.

ST3

An annual sustainability report is published, ideally in line with GRI or SASB standards and externally verified. Tools & Resources: • GRI StandardsSustainability Accounting Standards Board

ST4

The report shall include but is not limited to: A) Information on energy consumption and mix. B) Gross Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 and total GHG emissions. C) Comprehensive reduction plan and actions taken towards this plan as well as resources dedicated to these actions. D) If developed, GHG removals and storage from own operations and upstream and downstream value chain in metric tons of CO2eq. E) If applicable, the amount of GHG emission reductions or removals from climate change mitigation projects outside the value chain financed through any purchase of carbon credits.
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COLLABORATION

Your organisation has scaled impact through supporting collective action through one or more of the following:

SC1

Support industry collaborative initiative to reduce emissions across the cycling industry.

SC2

Co-development of resources and standards, helping both individual organizations and the industry to make progress in their climate journey. Examples from within & beyond the cycling industry can be found below. Tools & Resources: • Shift Climate Action Training. • PEF Framework for the apparel & footwear sector. • Life Cycle Assessment Tool, specifically developed for the marine industry.

Gold

INTRO 

The Gold level is about committing to a net zero trajectory. This involves ensuring that the reduction of your organisation’s climate impacts are an integral part of your day-to-day business and embedded within every product and/or service offered. It also builds on collaborative and collective actions to help drive systems change within and beyond the cycling industry.

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BUSINESS OPERATIONS 

GB1

A verified GHG reduction ’Net-zero science-based target’ plan according to the SBTi (Science Based Target Initiative) is in place. Tools & Resources: • Science Based Target Initiatives.

GB2

Company has shown at least 3 years of progress towards meeting the reduction targets set at the Silver level.

GB3

Historical emissions are calculated and offset (Scope 1 & 2 and Scope 3) through investment in carbon removal projects (nature-based and/or technology). Tools & Resources: • VCS & Gold Standard are two recognised offsetting organisations.

GB4

An internal carbon pricing scheme is established to support investment decisions and to incentivise achievement of climate-related targets. Tools & Resources: • CDP guidance on establishing internal carbon pricing.

GB5

Sustainability-related performance is an integral part of incentive schemes for administrative, management and supervisory bodies (e.g. through bonus payments linked to climate targets).

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PRODUCT 

GP1

A life cycle assessment for each new product release is completed.

GP2

All new products are ‘made to be remade’, meaning they can be completely recycled after use and the material can be reused. Tools & Resources: • For example, Ergon's fully recyclable, Circular Saddle

GP3

No virgin material is used for new products. Exceptions can be possible in case virgin materials can prove meaningful environmental benefits over non-virgin alternative.

GP4

Every product comes with a digital product passport to include emissions footprint, support for lifetime extension and instructions for end of life disposal.

GP5

Schemes to prolong the life cycle of each product are put into place. Tools & Resources: • For example, TREK's Red Barn Refresh • Or, Brose's Remain Drive.

GP6

Partnerships and initiatives with suppliers are established to support them in driving down GHG emissions and to move to low carbon production sites and processes.

GP7

The transition to more sustainable transportation is actively supported through engaging with logistics partners and initiatives. Tools & Resources: • FROG bikes are part of the coZEV group, with an ambition to achieve zero-emission ocean shipping for all of their products by 2040. • Sustainable Shipping Initiative & Clean Cargo are two other industry collectives that may be worthwhile introducing to your supplier-base.

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TRANSPARENCY AND COMMUNICATION 

GT1

Reporting includes historical emissions and actions taken to address these (current and/or planned).

GT2

Product carbon impacts are disclosed as part of product information.

GT3

It is disclosed how the internal carbon pricing scheme support decision making and incentivise the implementation of climate-related policies and targets.

COLLABORATION

COLLABORATION

Your organisation has scaled impact through supporting collective action through one or more of the following:

GC1

Collaboration with others in the industry to uncover and scale solutions to the greatest impacts of the industry. This can be done through co-funding, prototyping and scaling innovative approaches. Examples can be found below... Tools & Resources: • Major fashion brands team up to invest in new innovative material. • Adidas and Allbird release low-carbon running shoe. • Initiative to scale the recycling of aluminium. • ELYSIS: Decarbonising aluminium smelting with Apple, the Canadian Government & Rio Tinto.

GC2

Engagement in private-public collaboration to create the conditions necessary for the transition of all partners along the value chain. Tools & Resources: • Fashion Industry Invites Governments to Collaborate on Climate Action.

GC3

Help create innovative and collaborative financing mechanisms which fund long-term sustainable development projects using private capital. Examples below... Tools & Resources: • Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility unlocks private sector finance for climate, biodiversity and jobs. • Tropical Landscapes Finance Facility unlocks private sector finance for climate, biodiversity and jobs.

GC4

Collaborate across industries to tackle systemic issues beyond the cycling industry to support transition towards net zero and a circular economy. Tools & Resources: • Ellen MacArthur Foundation: What is the Circular Economy?

North Star

The next level: Net positive impact

Shift Cycling Culture’s vision is a future where cyclists can satisfy their desire for adventure, speed, innovation and design while having a net positive impact on the state of our planet.

This is no small feat. 

 

Being net positive means that we must not only reduce harm to the environment, but give back more than we take out. 

 

Having a net positive impact requires us to come up with new ways of doing things. New ways for businesses to still be profitable, whilst putting society and the environment first. And new, innovative ways that allow for the production of our beloved bikes and gear to remove emissions from the air instead of releasing them.

It will also require the development of roadmaps that go beyond our current focus on emission reduction alone, including the regeneration of biodiversity and circularity. 

We understand that having a net positive impact is not a clearly outlined objective. It is a level beyond the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels that make up this Climate Action Roadmap, and even those are still being actively refined. 

Yet we need to embrace it as our North Star. 

Not knowing the details of the North Star level yet does not give us permission to lean back. Instead, it should inspire us to keep moving forward collectively, keep learning and develop as we progress. 

We are an innovative industry with a strong connection to our environment and the potential to lead. We can figure this out.

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