According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the production of textiles accounts for around 10 percent of global CO₂ emissions per year at 1.2 billion tons – more than all international flights and all shipping combined. Large quantities of climate-damaging gases are accounted for by the cultivation and extraction of resources, their processing and transport within the complex and often globally branched supply chain. Therefore, companies should measure the greenhouse gas emissions caused by their own business activities. These include, on the one hand, the emissions emitted directly into the atmosphere (direct emissions) – as a result of the company’s own activities or the activities that are under the control of the company. On the other hand, they should also measure their energy-related indirect emissions, which are caused by the consumption of electricity, heat, steam and cooling.
Ideally, companies measure their emissions throughout the supply chain so that they can then start exactly where they can achieve the greatest reduction. This approach leads to more sustainable decisions regarding the activities of the company and the products it procures, sells and manufactures. It is also possible for companies to determine the greenhouse gas emissions of a single product or to prepare an analysis for the entire product life cycle. Based on this, a company can make well-founded decisions on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its products. Even the choice of fibres and a product design designed for durability can significantly reduce emissions, as can optimisations in textile finishing, transport and packaging.
The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles has been a supporting organisation of the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action since 2018. Since 2021, the charter has served as a reference framework for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the Textiles Partnership. It 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. In this way, climate neutrality is to be achieved by 2050 in order to limit climate change to a maximum of 1.5°C.
An expert group in the Textiles Partnership has developed a step-by-step plan that divides the requirements for companies into small sub-steps in order to make concrete starting points visible and measurable. With another tool, the Textiles Partnership offers its members a simplified overview of tools and options for balancing their emissions.
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