UN, fashion industry join hands for sustainable development

08 Feb '18
2 min read
Courtesy: UNFCC
Courtesy: UNFCC

Representatives of top fashion brands, such as Hugo Boss, Adidas, Puma, C&A and H&M, along with a yarn manufacturer, recycler and representatives of associations devoted to environmental sustainability in the fashion sector, spent two days in Bonn last month to explore ways to work together with the United Nations (UN) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Their meeting discussed possible environmental targets, regional dialogues with fashion industry suppliers, an online platform for global and local dialogue, bringing together the separate environmental initiatives in the fashion and textile sector, and enhanced engagement with policymakers at the national and international levels in the context of the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

They also explored development of a common narrative, ways to showcase best practices and ambitious action on climate change and new business models that drive business while ensuring environmental sustainability, according to a UN Climate Change press release.

The total greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production stand at 1.2 billion tonnes annually at present. Sector emissions are expected to rise by more than 60 per cent by 2030, according to some estimates.

The next step is preparation of a report by UN Climate Change to share with industry representatives, and then get moving on a programme of work to spur global climate action for sustainable development in the fashion sector, one that builds on the many existing environmental initiatives. (DS)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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