Textile Exchange, SAC Amp Up Climate, Adjusting Biodiversity – WWD

Textile trading floor, sustainable Clothes The coalition and several industry partners are ramping up support for joint climate and biodiversity action this week.

Opening Day One of the Textile Exchange’s 2021 conference (running until Friday in Dublin, live as well as virtual) are sessions on animal fibres, man-made cellulose and biosynthetic fibres. . The first conference was held together with SAC. In addition, this week’s program incorporates the annual SAC meeting held on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

“Partnerships are no longer optional – it is mandatory,” said Amina Razvi, chief executive officer of SAC. “We believe bringing the industry together and rallying around these shared themes will become increasingly important as we move forward.”

Top-level insights from the joint program that follow a unified biodiversity and climate strategy around materials, recycled materials promotion, and impact measurement methods.

With global yarn production having doubled in the last 20 years, reaching an all-time high of 111 million tonnes in 2019, according to the Textile Exchange’s Preferred Yarn and Materials Market Report 2020 may – a lot is being done. Materials are a minor issue.

Michael Carus, director and founder of the Nova Institute, said: “70% of greenhouse gas emissions are directly linked to additional fossil fuel carbon emissions from the ground.… This is the most important of all. climate mitigation”. session on Monday. “The remaining 28% comes mainly from agriculture, deforestation and meat/cheese production.”

Carus spoke about the Renewable Carbon Concepts Initiative that aims to accelerate the transition away from fossil carbon (essentially keeping carbon in the ground) to all chemicals and organic materials. This means using renewable carbon sources or those that avoid or replace the use of additional fossil carbon from the ground.

A key component of the initiative – as well as the sessions to date – is the link between climate change considered “one of the most important drivers of biodiversity loss,” according to Carus. .

A separate session on animal fibers outlined proper ecosystem management as well as preliminary data on how an Imperial Stock Ranch is sequestering carbon. The benefits of water storage and biodiversity are one.

Themes were consistent at the SAC’s annual meeting held last week, where Dr Sweta Chakraborty, a behavioral and risk scientist, conveyed the urgency to act on the gas crisis. in an opening speech, amid ongoing climate negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow.

“The sluggish pace at which these choices are made in fashion, food, energy and more, defies science, has been described by the United Nations secretary general as ‘#codered’. for humanity. As [August] The IPCC report statesChakraborty said.

Bias, media amplification, and politics all contribute to the tendency to “ignore serious risks that move slowly or seem far away,” according to Chakraborty.

“The fashion industry has a real opportunity to lead here. Creating sustainable practices is obvious, but going beyond that to communicate and interact with consumers and all climate stakeholders is where you can really shine… regardless what level are you on,” she added, pointing to the support of the SAC and social platforms like We Don’t Have Time as a tool for stakeholder engagement.

This year’s conference is not the first time SAC and TE have come together. Earlier this fall, TE launched its Climate + strategy together with SAC, with the primary goal of reducing CO2 emissions (from textile fiber and materials production) by 45% by 2030. LCA+ (a other impact measures) is a separate work in progress that TE hopes to incorporate by 2022.

“Bold action is not only important right now. It becomes a profound and time-sensitive task. James Schaffer, managing partner at strategic consulting firm Schaffer & Combs, reiterated during a Monday session on climate strategies.

Three years ago, only 12 fashion companies set science-based goals. Today, that number of heads is more than 140 companies across the entire value chain.

Launched in November, the “Road to Net Zero” report was developed by the World Resources Institute and Clothes Impact Institute. It records a new figure for industry emissions that has been further unpacked during the respective conference sessions.

According to the report, industry emissions (based on data provided by SAC, Higg and Textiles) reached 1,025 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2019 (or about 2% of global greenhouse gas emissions). If left unchecked, emissions will rise to 1,588 gigatons by 2030.

Michael Sadowski, advisor to SAC and TE, mentioned the objective of the report: “If you are in [apparel] , you may have seen different estimates of the apparel sector’s emissions. I always get this question ‘What are industry emissions?’ I’ll be frank and say we don’t know for sure. It really depends on the assumptions and data sources of the author.… Until we come up with better data, it is difficult to make these claims.”

Scheduled this week are sessions on recycled polyester, organic cotton with the Textile Exchange’s Climate+ initiative as well as the SAC’s Policy Center.

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