The Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action
The release of the latest special report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the projected impacts and costs of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit (1.5 degrees Celsius) of global warming will be far greater than anticipated. The report’s summary findings were approved by all representatives from 195 nations.
On the brink of potentially dangerous climate change, immediate action is required for the fashion sector to be aligned with the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and move towards net-zero emissions by 2050. UN Climate Change has initiated a broader climate action work programme convening fashion stakeholders to develop a coherent, unified position on climate. UN Climate Change and PUMA presented the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action at #TextileExchange18. Video coming soon!
During 2018, fashion stakeholders have, under the auspices of UN Climate Change, worked to identify ways in which the broader textile, clothing and fashion industry can move towards a holistic commitment to climate action. They have created the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action which contains the vision to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.
The Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action goes beyond previous industry-wide commitments. It includes a target of 30 per cent GHG emission reductions by 2030 and a commitment to analyze and set a decarbonization pathway for the fashion industry drawing on methodologies from the Science-Based Targets Initiative. This target – which is one of many goals enshrined in the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action – is a clear demonstration that the fashion industry is serious about urgently acting on climate change and is keen to set an example to other sectors around the level of commitment required to meet the scale of the climate challenge.