Many factors influence climate change. But it is not only the frequently mentioned areas such as transport, meat production and energy production that cause many greenhouse gases such as climate-damaging CO₂ or methane. The textile industry also has a negative impact on the climate. It follows the oil industry in second place among the world's most polluting industries. With 1.2 trillion tons of CO₂ emissions per year, the production of textiles causes more greenhouse gases than all international flights and all shipping combined (cf. Ellen MacArthur Foundation).
The constantly growing production of cheaply manufactured clothing is just as responsible for the negative effects on the environment as the increased use of artificially produced fibres. Above all, the cultivation and extraction of resources, their processing and transport cause huge emissions.
Against this background, the Partnership for Sustainable Textiles joined the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action in 2018 as a supporting organisation. The Charter is part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The aim is to gradually reduce CO₂ emissions along the entire textile value chain and to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Companies, suppliers and other players in the textile and fashion industry are to implement measures to achieve this goal.
As a supporting organization, the Partnership is committed to supporting the initiative within its mandate and informing its members about participation opportunities and activities. At the same time, some members of the Partnership are among the signatories and are committed to implementing the measures.