Call for Climate Action Repeated By Fashion Leaders

Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action,’ which complements other fashion industry efforts aimed at pacing climate action last year. The global fashion sector launched the charter at UNFCCC COP 24, with the focus of addressing climate impact of the sector across its entire value chain and achieving net-zero emissions in the coming 30 years of time.

December 13, 2019. By Hemant Arora

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A group of 86 fashion companies called on political leaders to help in delivering an ambitious and effective climate action, on the side-lines of the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC.

43 fashion legends who are into fashion brands, retailers, supplier organizations and a major shipping company addressed climate change through the ‘Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action,’ which complements other fashion industry efforts aimed at pacing climate action last year. The global fashion sector launched the charter at UNFCCC COP 24, with the focus of addressing climate impact of the sector across its entire value chain and achieving net-zero emissions in coming 30 years of time.

The Charter has a series of principles addressing climate change along with a target of 30% greenhouse gas reductions in coming ten years “against a baseline of no earlier than 2015” and a commitment to analyse and set a target of decarbonisation pathway for the industry based on the methodologies of the Science Based Targets initiative. 
 
In an announcement, fashion experts repeated their commitment to “drive the fashion industry to net-zero emissions” in coming 3o years, in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change goals. Current business models and solutions “will be insufficient to deliver on the climate agenda” and recognize that the fashion industry’s requirements to scale low-carbon solutions and embrace deeper, more systemic change, as per the experts. Experts reaffirm their commitment under the
Charter to, inter alia: set and meet targets on renewable energy and energy efficiency and rapidly scale up energy efficiency and emission reduction programmes; support supply chains to phase out new coal-fired boilers or other sources of coal-fired heat and power generation in coming 5 years of time; collaborate to develop emission reduction pathways, programmes and tools to achieve emission reduction targets; team up with policymakers to identify and implement low-carbon solutions and invest in sustainable production and related goals.
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