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C&A avoids over 116,000 metric tons of GHG emissions

Oct '20
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During 2019, C&A avoided more than 116,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in its supply chain, and nearly 1.1 billion cubic metres of water, the equivalent of 440,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools, thanks to sourcing organic and Better Cotton, and sustainable cellulosic fibres. These statistics are detailed in C&A’s new Global Sustainability Report.

“We started our journey with more sustainable cotton, our most-used material, and have been applying what we’ve learned over the years to develop best practices for other sustainably sourced materials. In 2019, this paid off significantly for the environment, for our suppliers, and for our customers, when almost two-thirds of the raw materials we sourced were more sustainable,” said Aleix Busquets Gonzalez, C&A’s global head of sustainability.

The company made progress in circular fashion by launching the world’s most sustainable denim fabric, Cradle to Cradle Certi?ed at the Platinum level. The ?rst fabric ever to be certi?ed Cradle to Cradle Certi?ed Platinum is made with 100 per cent rapidly renewable resources, is fully recyclable and promises to drive further advances in sustainable fashion. Cradle to Cradle Certified is a certification mark licensed exclusively by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

During 2019, C&A also received approval from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) for absolute reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions by 30 per cent across all scopes, joining a small but growing group of organisations working towards keeping the planet’s average global temperate below a 2°C rise. Already, in just one year, C&A has reduced Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 9.5 per cent compared to a 2018 baseline, while supply chain emissions (Scope 3) have been reduced by 4.3 per cent.

“As we continue addressing the unprecedented challenges posed by the pandemic, we are convinced that industry leadership in sustainability is more critical than ever. And now that the timeline of our 2020 sustainability strategy is coming to a close, we will set even more ambitious goals for the future,” said Busquets Gonzalez.

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