In general, manufacturing a bicycle has a much smaller carbon footprint than manufacturing other types of motorised vehicles. Moreover, their production can be even more sustainable if they use recycled materials and are manufactured in countries with renewable energy.
Overall, the production of a bicycle can generate between 240 and 490 kg of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent), according to a 2018 study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
Obviously, the carbon footprint produced by the manufacture of a bicycle depends on several factors, such as the type of bicycle, the materials used and where it is manufactured.
Capri bicycles are manufactured in Italy. According to the "Renewables 2021 Global Status Report" published by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) in September 2021, Italy ranks 14th globally in terms of installed renewable energy capacity in 2020, with a total of 56.1 GW.
Importantly, the use of renewable energy in Italy has been increasing in recent years and is expected to continue in that direction in the future, as the country has set ambitious targets in terms of energy transition.
On 5 March 2023 Capri have planted 300 indigenous trees in Southern Europe, one of the most deserted areas of the continent, in order to offset our carbon footprint.
We have done it together with Bosquia 🌳 a company specialising in this type of action that avoids greenwashing and takes real care of each tree, so that it really grows. If a tree does not take root in its early stages of life, Bosquia will replace it. The trees will always be autochthonous to each area. During the first 4 years, Bosquia will be in charge of supervise the planting.
With this action we have offset between 85 and 100 tons of CO2, having compensated the carbon footprint of the manufacture of between 200 and 400 Capri bicycles.
And this is just only the beginning!