While continuing to seize opportunities to decrease resource consumption in our operations, our primary focus must be on our most impactful hotspots - during material processing and product manufacturing (see Product). Some of our Chinese mills are participating in an innovative program designed to provide them with energy efficiency audits, tools and energy service company (ESCO) financing. This program leverages the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership’s (REEEP) project work that found that, with proper training and tools, Chinese factories are willing to self-finance energy efficiency improvements. However, wider-scale efficiencies require outside financing.
To develop a broader model for increased improvement, VF and the Chinese National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) implemented a comprehensive supplier energy efficiency program in 2013 and 2014 for select suppliers to VF and The North Face. The goal was to replicate the program successes broadly across our Chinese supply chains and elsewhere.