The new carbon footprint calculation tool was implemented in a first pilot action on 36 footwear styles produced by SMEs of the European Union, obtaining an average value of 10.6 kg CO2e per pair of shoes, although the results of each style may vary according to its composition, material origin and weight, among other factors (Table 1. First pilot action results).

Then the participating companies received guidance on the various possibilities for improvement with a view to reducing the carbon footprint of their footwear styles.

Once the suggested improvements had been implemented, a second pilot action was conducted on the footwear styles. The results obtained at this stage showed an average value of 9.6 kg CO2e per footwear style (Table 2. Second pilot action results).

On an overall basis, the carbon footprint decreased by almost 6% in the footwear styles under study. Next figure shows the average carbon footprint values obtained in each pilot action and the percentage of improvement achieved in the second pilot action.

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