Climate & Energy


Climate & Energy

At Abercrombie & Fitch Co., our commitment to addressing climate change is directly related to our investments and actions dedicated to renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions and adhering to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 7 and 13.


A&F Co. is a UN Global Compact (UNGC) participant and aligns with its views regarding the need to proactively address climate change and the key role the private sector plays in making realistic progress. A&F Co.’s climate goals fit with the aim of the UNGC to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5°C and will consider this when setting future goals and measuring progress.

Total Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions reduction of 47% by 2030 from a baseline year of 2019

A&F Co. reduced its scope 1 and 2 emissions by 38% in calendar year 2022 compared to a 2019 baseline.

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Science Based Target Commitment

A&F Co. submitted its commitment to setting a near-term science-based emissions reductions targets with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) in January 2024. The team is preparing next steps to validate our SBT over the next 24 months according to SBTi requirements.

CDP Reporting

A&F Co. reports annually to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an independent not-for-profit organization that provides a global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share environmental information.

We utilize the CDP and other platforms to manage our energy use more efficiently and cost-effectively within our home office, distribution center and store operations. Through the use of the CDP and other platforms, we gain insight into current usage and identify areas of possible change and improvement. A&F Co. most recently submitted our “Climate Change 2023” report, reflecting our 2022 data concerning our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.

View our Climate Change Reports:

Owned Carbon Emissions: Scope 1 & 2

Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas (“GHG”) emissions include stationary combustion, mobile combustion, fugitive emissions, and purchased electricity. We use strategies such as installing LED lighting and submeter systems to increase operational efficiency in our Global Home Office, data centers, and stores to reduce scope 1 & 2 emissions.

As of January 2023, we are being supplied with energy under our long-term renewable energy supply agreement, and 100% of electricity used at our global home office and our two distribution centers in New Albany, Ohio will be matched with renewable energy credits sourced through the agreement.

To further address our GHG emissions, A&F Co. continues to thoughtfully open new stores and invest in smaller omni-enabled store experiences that align with local customer shopping preferences. New store formats are designed to provide the opportunity for higher productivity through a smaller footprint. A&F Co. continues to evaluate and manage its store fleet through its ongoing global store network optimization initiative and has taken actions to optimize store productivity by remodeling, rightsizing or relocating stores to smaller square footage locations, and closing legacy stores. 

In 2022, A&F Co. completed an energy efficiency HVAC initiative, which involved HVAC audits and setpoint adjustments for the global retail fleet to reduce CO2e. The initiative focused on a remote equipment audit, setpoint review, site engagement, an HVAC schedule update and identifying additional energy initiatives at the sites. The HVAC audit focused on reviewing fan settings, discharge air, compressor status and other factors to determine if units were running 100% efficiently. Any deficiencies were noted and sent to maintenance vendors. All existing setpoints were documented and reviewed to determine how many set points were outside the corporate standard. Stores were reset back to the corporate standard, and a new schedule update was activated for unoccupied time energy efficiency. 

Indirect Carbon Emissions: Scope 3

Scope 3 GHG emissions include indirect emissions that occur in A&F Co.’s value chain, including product transportation, business travel and supplier emissions. With help from partners like the British Standards Institution (BSI) and the Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corp, we continue to track our scope 3 GHG emissions in accordance with the Science Based Targets (“SBT”) guidelines. Purchased goods and services are the greatest contributor to A&F Co.’s GHG footprint, accounting for 70% of our total emissions. A&F Co.’s sustainability team is working with its sourcing team to identify reduction opportunities, such as increasing our use of recycled materials and more sustainable viscose.


It is important for industry to take collective action to reduce carbon emission across the supply chain. A&F Co. continuously partners with different organizations to accelerate the implementation of carbon reduction in our suppliers.  

A&F Co. partnered with an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corp Fellow in 2019 to identify our product shipment emissions in the supply chain. Efforts continued in 2020 as A&F Co. acknowledged the strategic importance and growing significance of transportation and distribution generated emissions from third parties. In 2020, the company began implementing measures to capture emissions data for domestic freight and intermodal transportation to add into its inventory.

In 2021, we partnered with The British Standards Institution (BSI) to identify all applicable categories scope 3 emissions in according to the Science Based Targets (SBT) guideline.

Since 2021, A&F Co. has partnered with Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) to nominate our Tier 1 and 2 suppliers in the Carbon Leadership Program (“CLP”) which is a carbon management program to assess suppliers carbon reduction opportunities and define an action plan against their carbon reduction target. We aim to have our top 60 vendors participate in the CLP by 2024.

In 2022, we nominated two Cambodia factories to participate in the “Low Carbon Development for Productivity and Climate Change Mitigation through the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technology (TEST) Methodology project. This is a collaboration of the Ministry of Industry, Science, Technology and Innovation (MISIT) in Cambodia and United Nations Industrial Development Organization *UNIDO) aimed at promoting clean production and improving environmental efficiency in suppliers.

As a member of Cascale (formerly named Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)), A&F Co. participates in their Decarbonization Progam. In 2023, Cascale collaborated with German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) Project Development Program (PDP), to accelerate decarbonization in the supply chain through conducting pre-feasibility studies of rooftop solar opportunities. A&F Co. nominated Tier 1 factories in Cambodia and Vietnam participating in the PDP to promote the adoption of renewable energy. 

Upstream or Downstream

Scope 3 Category

Upstream Scope 3 Emissions

Purchased goods and services
Capital goods
Fuel-and-energy related activities (not included in Scope 1 or Scope 2)
Upstream transportation and distribution
Waste generated in operations
Business travel
Employee commuting
Upstream leased assets

Downstream Scope 3 Emissions

Downstream transportation and distribution
Processing of sold products
Use of sold products
End-of-life treatment of sold products
Downstream leased assets

Purchased goods and services are the greatest contributor to A&F Co.’s GHG footprint, accounting for 70% of our total emissions. A&F Co.’s sustainability team is working with its sourcing team to identify reduction opportunities, such as increasing our use of recycled materials and more sustainable viscose, as well as enrolling our strategic Tier 1 and 2 suppliers in the Carbon Leadership Program (“CLP”) by the Apparel Impact Institute (“Aii”) to set a reduction plan and target.

A&F Co. will continue our work to establish a reduction target and identify more carbon reduction opportunities