PARK CITY, UT (February 6, 2024) – The Winter Sports Sustainability Network (WSN), managed by Peak 63 and the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), in collaboration with Snowsports Industries America (SIA) are proud to announce the establishment of a transformative Climate Pact, bringing together prominent ski, snowboard, binding, and boot brands from Europe and the United States in a unified commitment to accelerate climate action within the winter sports industry.
The winter sports industry is highly affected by climate change, but also acknowledges its role in the global environmental challenges through the products, value chains, activities and travels it generates. In fact, we, our customers, and the athletes we sponsor, all emit greenhouse gas.
“Given the global nature of the winter sports industry, it’s imperative that we tackle climate change on a global scale. SIA and WSN co-developed the Climate Pact in an effort to engage the global winter sports community around a set of meaningful commitments. Having the most influential hard goods brands join the Climate Pact not only aligns us on a defined path forward, but also shows the world that we’re tackling climate at the speed and scale that it demands.” Nick Sargent, President, Snowsports Industries America
To learn more, please sign up for the upcoming online press conference hosted by Peak 63 in collaboration with FESI, Protect Our Winters [POW] and SIA. The press conference will go live on Monday, February 12th at 8:00 a.m. MT and those interested can sign up here: http://tinyurl.com/2zh7e8re.
By signing the Climate Pact, the industry publicly formalizes its commitment to addressing climate change and achieving a net-zero carbon emissions future. For this purpose, we will work along the following five principles:
- Focusing our efforts on the required greenhouse gas emission reductions, to keep global warming to 1.5°C, in line with the Paris Agreement.
- Progressing our climate commitment by joining the UN Race to Zero Campaign before end of 2024, with validated climate targets through internationally verified climate initiatives.
- Guiding the industry forward in collaborative action, where the more ‘climate advanced’ companies support and guide their less advanced peers.
- Leveraging our influence to drive systemic change by advocating for progressive state, national and international climate policy.
- Recognizing how our industry contributes to the climate crisis, and publicly addressing climate change as a top management priority for our business.
The Climate Pact unites the winter sports industry to address the climate crisis head-on and take decisive action to meet the goals outlined in the Paris Agreement. Through this collective initiative, we acknowledge the industry’s vulnerability to global warming, using our brand recognition and industry organizations to propel systemic change.
The industry climate pact is signed by the following member brands: Atomic, Black Crows, Blizzard, Burton, Capita, Dalbello, Decathlon, Elan, Fischer, Jones Snowboards, K2, Kästle, Marker, OneWay, Rossignol, Salomon, Tecnica, The Nidecker Group and Völkl.
The winter sports sustainability network is a platform for collaboration, learning and joint sustainability action within the winter sports industry. WSN is managed by Peak 63 under the governance of FESI and in partnership with Snowsports Industries America.
About Snowsports Industries America (SIA):
Snowsports Industries America (SIA) is the trade association of the winter outdoor industry. Through SIA membership, brands, destinations, retailers, service providers, and nonprofits solve urgent business problems, adapt to changing pressures, save, and grow. Together SIA and its members spot trends that matter, facilitate industry wide strategy, and innovate to ensure the winter outdoors thrives for future generations. Founded in 1954, SIA is based in Park City, UT, We are #TheBusinessofWinter. For more information and to become a member, visit snowsports.org.
Founded in 1960 FESI, the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry, is the unique pre-competitive platform representing the interests of the sporting goods industry in Europe, advancing its members’ priorities and promoting initiatives that benefit the sector, EU citizens and the society as a whole. FESI represents the interests of approximately 1.800 sporting goods manufacturers (85% of the European market) through its National Sporting Goods Industry Federations and its directly affiliated member companies. 70-75% of FESI’s membership is made up of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. In total, the European Sporting Goods Industry employs over 700.000 EU citizens and has an annual turnover of some 81 billion euro.
Media contact: Ariane Gatti – FESI Communication & Policy Manager / firstname.lastname@example.org / +32 (0) 2 762 86 48
About Winter Sports Sustainability Network (WSN):
The Winter Sports Sustainability Network is a platform for collaboration, learning and joint sustainability action within the winter sports industry. WSN is managed by Peak 63 under the governance of FESI and in partnership with Snowsports Industries America.