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Nike’s Stance on Tackling Climate Change

Move to Zero, the path of Nike towards zero emissions and zero waste, has a special goal: to help protect the future of sport. It is a continuation of the deep dedication of Nike to sustainability and is motivated by the conviction that saving the earth means protecting the future of sport against climate change.

There are well known temperature changes around the world. Across the globe, since the 1980s, the number of days above 90°F has risen by almost 25 percent. Climate change has consequences for athletes in all disciplines.

For instance, in increasingly hot and humid weather, many U.S. states have implemented rules to keep players healthy, mandating shorter workouts, wearing fewer equipment or even canceling games. Under current patterns, climate change could reduce time spent on the ground by up to two months in parts of Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi by 2050 without global intervention.

There is a chance of literal loss of playground for those in snow sports, with the total number of quality snowboarding days around the world declining by 7 percent over the past 30 years. Those days could shrink by 11 to 22 percent by 2050.

avg days where practices of games need to be cancelled due to over heat

Move to Zero is a response to these realities.

It involves commitments such as the removal of single-use plastics on Nike’s campuses worldwide and the introduction of dialogue through nikecirculardesign.com between the global design community. These activities are paired with material development projects that since 2010 have diverted 6.4 billion plastic bottles from landfills (and helped render beautiful football kits in the process) and renewable energy-powered logistics centers, both a marathon and a sprint trip.

In particular, Move to Zero works to both minimize the environmental footprint of Nike as an organization and optimize avenues as a brand for positive effects.

Key Move to Zero Initiatives

  1. By 2025, Nike will power owned-and-operated installations with 100% renewable energy.
  2. In line with the Paris Agreement of 2015, Nike will reduce carbon emissions across its global supply chain by 30 percent by 2030.
  3. 99 percent of all footwear production waste is diverted from landfills by Nike.
  4. Moreover to make yarns for new jerseys and uppers for Flyknit shoes, Nike diverts more than 1 billion plastic bottles a year from landfills.
  5. The services Reuse-A-Shoe and Nike Grind turn waste into new goods, playgrounds, tracks and courts for running.

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