Rab ® & Lowe Alpine ®

Find out how Rab & Lowe Alpine have achieved climate neutrality for the fourth year in a row and are building an ambitious climate journey to achieve net zero emissions by 2030.

About Rab & Lowe Alpine

Equip Outdoor Technologies UK Ltd., the international brand behind Rab and Lowe Alpine, designs high performance technical clothing and equipment for outdoor enthusiasts, allowing them to experience the extremities of our natural environment. Both its employees and customers are acutely aware of the impacts of climate change, which they witness firsthand. It is important to Rab & Lowe Alpine that their products allow customers to experience the outdoors without adversely affecting the environment, as well as being at the forefront of increased consumer demand for more sustainable products.

The aim: to be Net Zero by 2030, maintain its status as a climate neutral business and set ambitious carbon reduction targets drawn from Science Based Target methodology (SBTi).

Supporting Rab & Lowe Alpine on their climate journey

South Pole's team in the UK & Ireland has consulted with Equip Outdoor Technologies on its climate journey since 2020.

After rigorous measurement of the brand's Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, creating an ambitious emission reduction plan and investing in a portfolio of carbon credits to compensate residual and unavoidable emissions, the company was awarded South Pole's Climate Neutral Label for the fourth year running in 20231.

Achieving climate neutral status is an important milestone on the journey to achieving net zero as the South Pole label has rigorous requirements for GHG accounting and reduction plans. You can read more about achieving net zero emissions here and the technical guidance for our labels here.

Using the data and advice that South Pole provided, Equip developed emission reduction plans in line with a 1.5 degree pathway. This will help the company credibly reach its target of net zero emissions by 2030.

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Certificate of Climate Action

Check out the certificate awarded to Equip Outdoor Technologies here.

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Carbon Credits Explained

Reducing global emissions, enhancing livelihoods and protecting the planet.

Rab and Lowe Alpine’s commitment

Rab and Lowe Alpine committed to reducing their absolute scope 1 and 2 emissions by 42% from a 2019 base year and have also committed to a 58% reduction in emissions associated with Scope 3 purchased goods and services per item shipped from a 2019 base year.


For the year 2022, they compensated for 42,384 tonnes CO2e.


They contributed to 13 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“By committing to Net Zero by 2030, we are embarking on an ambitious but essential journey. The climate crisis cannot be ignored and the need to act quickly is clear. Partnering with South Pole allowed us to really understand our footprint and develop a robust process for reducing our emissions according to a science-based methodology."

- Debbie Read, Head of Corporate Communication and CSR, Equip Outdoor Technologies


You can find out more about Rab & Lowe Alpine's sustainability strategy here.

Projects supported

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Puerto Carreño Sustainable Plantation

The Puerto Carreño project, nestled in the incredibly biodiverse Orinoco river basin in Colombia, is designed to create a commercially viable alternative to extensive cattle ranching which has left much of the project area degraded. To do this, the project increases forest cover in the region, sequesters carbon and produces sustainable timber.


Under the supervision of local experts, almost 200 local employees plant, maintain and harvest carefully selected native tree species across 3,000 hectares. By doing this, the project eases pressure on the rich surrounding ecosystems, protecting the habitat of four endangered or critically endangered species in the region and creates local work opportunities, meaning that communities don't have to rely on unsustainable practices to make ends meet.

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Slow Life Clean Cookstoves, Myanmar

Gold Standard

Across rural Myanmar, the Slow Life Clean Cookstove project aims to alleviate pressure on the country's ecologically rich forests while additionally improving the health and lives of local communities. By distributing efficient cook stoves that need significantly less biomass than traditional stoves, the project effectively reduces harmful indoor pollutants that contribute towards global emissions and negatively impact human health.

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Musi Hydro Power, Indonesia

VERRA

On the island of Sumatra, this renewable hydropower project has created quality jobs and upskilling opportunities for locals in what has been traditionally a farming community, where new economic opportunities have been limited by rudimentary infrastructure and poor electricity access - and where growing energy demands threaten Sumatra's unique natural ecosystems.


A portion of project revenue is reinvested in the local community, building an orphanage, constructing new roads, bridges, and a traditional marketplace - as well as establishing a reforestation program in the surrounding catchment area to safeguard the natural landscape.

1 In line with Equip Outdoor Technologies' continuous strive to gain an even more granular and detailed visibility on their environmental footprint, and to embrace the latest industry leading practices and indexes, the company re-assessed and adjusted their 2019 and 2020 GHG footprints to 24,721 tCO2e and 17,091 tCO2e respectively whilst compensating all their residual emissions.

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