BOULDER, CO (April, 20) – La Sportiva North America, makers of the world’s finest mountain gear, announced today that it is officially Climate Neutral Certified. La Sportiva North America joins the growing movement of companies achieving the Climate Neutral Certified standard by measuring its 2022 greenhouse gas emissions. The company has made a concerted effort to limit emissions and is offsetting its footprint with eligible-verified credits. Climate Neutral Certified is the leading consumer label for climate neutrality. It employs a rigorous independent certification program to confirm that a company has effectively achieved net-zero carbon emissions across its entire greenhouse gas footprint through a combination of emissions reductions and offsets.
“This is an important step for our company,” said Jonathan Lantz, President of La Sportiva North America. “As an organization that was born in the mountains, we feel that it is our responsibility to reduce our environmental impact where possible and offset our remaining footprint. To put it simply, it’s just the right thing to do. We are very proud of the efforts that we have made here, but we know that there is more work to be done.”
This certification is the latest step in La Sportiva North America’s efforts to reduce its impact on the environment and make climate action a central aspect of the brand’s business model. The offset accounts for every item brought into the US and Canada with the brand garnering credits by investing in projects that cover emissions generated from material production, transportation and manufacturing.
As a part of its carbon offset initiatives, La Sportiva North America is supporting a number of projects throughout the globe. La Sportiva partnered with ClimeCo, a leading global sustainability and environmental solutions company, in the selection of these carbon offset project options. The Boulder-based company is assisting the Sichuan Furong Coal Mine Methane Utilization Project, which reduces greenhouse gas emissions by capturing and using coal mine methane for power generation.
La Sportiva North America is also assisting with the Cordillera Azul National Park REDD+ Project in central Peru, which works to avoid deforestation in the Cordillera Azul National Park. This multi-dimensional project contributes to biodiversity conservation and supports the well-being of local communities. Additionally, the company is working with the Crow Lake Wind Project. Located near Chamberlain, South Dakota, this project generates emissions reductions by displacing grid-connected sources through the production of renewable wind energy.
“Climate Neutral Certified companies are demonstrating that immediate action on climate change is possible and essential,” says Austin Whitman, CEO of Climate Neutral. “Climate Neutral Certified brands have built a powerful movement that gives companies and consumers meaningful ways to act on climate—today.”
Climate Neutral’s certification program, rooted in globally acknowledged standards for carbon measurement and neutrality, sets a positive example for responsible brand practices. With a rigorous process in place, certified brands are held accountable for measuring their greenhouse gas emissions from cradle to customer, committing to reduction action plans for the next 12-24 months, and investing in eligible-verified carbon credits to offset their footprint. As the process repeats annually for recertification, it showcases a genuine dedication to sustainability and serves as a beacon of hope in the fight against climate change.
Learn more about Climate Neutral and its community of certified brands at climateneutral.org.
About La Sportiva North America
With over 90 years of heritage, La Sportiva has unrivaled experience in building the world’s finest performance mountain footwear. Creating innovation through passion, La Sportiva now offers the most versatile technical climbing, mountaineering, Mountain Running® and hiking shoes on the market as well as ski mountaineering hardware and apparel. For more information on La Sportiva visit www.lasportivausa.com or visit their Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/LaSportiva.
About Climate Neutral
A 501(c)3 nonprofit, Climate Neutral leads a global movement of individuals and companies to eliminate carbon emissions. Our label, Climate Neutral Certified, is a trusted, independent standard for climate neutrality. It empowers consumers to find brands that are leading on immediate climate action. All companies that get certified must reduce and compensate for all of their emissions from making and delivering products and services. Climate Neutral works with over 400 companies and their label can be found on millions of products worldwide. Join us at climateneutral.org