A Roadmap to Fossil Free Fashion Report | UPSC
New report gives fashion brands a roadmap to ditching fossil fuels in the supply chain
WHY IN NEWS:
Stand.earth’s latest guide outlines steps industry must take to tackle climate pollution as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic
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A ROADMAP TO FOSSIL FREE FASHION REPORT
As the fashion industry begins the road to recovery from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A new report released by international environmental organization Stand.earth
- It provides brands with an extensive guide to tackle climate pollution in the supply chain.
- The report, titled Fashion forward: A roadmap to fossil-free fashion
- Report outlines the steps the industry must take to get a handle on its rapidly growing carbon footprint .
- The fashion industry is one of the largest contributors to global warming, boasting greenhouse gas emissions that exceed both aviation and shipping.
- Climate change emerged as a top-level issue for industry executives in 2019.
- Brands need to eliminate their reliance on fossil fuels in the supply chain.
- With scientists warning that global emissions must be cut in half by 2030.
- Along with a rapid phase out of coal, the report outlines why it is increasingly critical for major fashion brands to turn their commitments into action.
- The report details the dramatic addition of new coal power plants that are being planned in Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, and Turkey.
RENEWABLES IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN
- Brands must eliminate coal and transition to a renewable-powered supply chain by 2030.
- They can also advocate with suppliers to block new investment in coal and demand clean energy policies to green electric grids and transportation infrastructure.
GREENER AND LONGER LASTING MATERIALS
- Brands must commit to sourcing lower carbon and longer lasting materials.
- This will steadily phasing out fossil fuel-based plastic fabrics like polyester.
- Brands must reduce the climate impacts of how clothing is shipped around the world by supporting short-term solutions.
- While also advocating for a long-term decarbonization strategy by the end of the decade.
“WRONG TURNS” FASHION INDUSTRY SHOULD AVOID
- Don’t pursue greenwashing initiatives like renewable energy credits and carbon offsets.
- Don’t rely on false “clean” shipping proposals such as scrubbers & LNG.
- Don’t increase the amount of materials sourced from fossil fuels like fracked gas and coal.
- Stand.earth (formerly ForestEthics) is a grassroots environmental organization founded in 2000.
- The organization protects endangered forests by transforming corporate policy and governmental laws in the United States and Canada.
- Stand.earth (formerly ForestEthics) uses public education, advocacy, protest, negotiation and non-violent direct action tactics to achieve its goals.
As brands look to restart after the pandemic, the industry must rapidly transition factories to renewables, eliminating fracked fabrics like polyester, and greening up shipping.
By doing this, the fashion industry can transform from being one of the world’s largest climate polluters to catalyzing the decarbonization of our global economy.