An energy efficiency programme launched two years ago by the Adidas Group at its supplier factories in Indonesia has proved so successful that the company is looking to roll it out to other countries.   

The project on 'Greening Global Supply Chains - Focus on Energy in Indonesia,' was rolled out in August 2011 to help Adidas suppliers achieve 2015 targets for energy reduction.

The sportswear group teamed up with the German Organisation for International Cooperation - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) - to help companies identify and share best practices.

The aim was to build internal capacities within factories so that they would be able to monitor energy use consistently and analyse the data; propose cost-saving measures; and review the impact of their actions.

"What does this mean? Basically, we helped suppliers to make better use of energy so that they could achieve better financial and environmental performance," explains Catoer Wibowo, EHS area manager. 

"I believe better use of energy, often called "energy efficiency", is the key solution to the current global energy crisis and key to today's biggest environmental challenge, global warming."

16 suppliers - nine apparel suppliers and seven footwear suppliers - took part in the project, which ran over a series of workshop sessions, followed by technical assistance meetings for all factories involved.

They were then given "homework" to implement what they had learned, with this checked once it had been completed. The topics covered during the training cycles were energy management, energy audit, financial assessment and monitoring.

All suppliers involved now have their own energy teams, and some are aiming for ISO 50001 energy management certification in 2014.

In total, they managed to reduce their energy consumption year-on-year in 2012 - with factories savingup to 4,715 tons of CO2 from their energy efficiency efforts.