The Fashion Industry's Path to Climate Action

Ambitous climate comitments look like:

  • 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 in all owned and operated facilities;
  • 40% absolute reduction in total greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 for its full supply chain;
  • 66% reduction in greenhouse gas emission by 2050 for the entire supply chain; and
  • that 50% of energy in a company's supply chain be sourced through renewables by 2035.

These ambitious climate commitments must avoid false or partial solutions that:

  • Fail to encompass a company's full supply chain;
  • Set faulty "intensity based targets" around reducing emissions levels per clothing unit or per sales volume;
  • Place unwarranted hope in the use of only recycled fibers or a “circular economy” approach, as it does not easily offer the level of savings in climate pollution needed;
  • Shift the burden of action to its customers, hoping they adopt less polluting laundering practices; and
  • Fail to alleviate local environmental and health impacts of its global operations through utilizing “renewable energy credits” or other offsets instead of investing in local renewable energy production.