A Roadmap to Fossil Free Fashion Report | UPSC

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A Roadmap to Fossil Free Fashion Report UPSC

A Roadmap to Fossil Free Fashion Report | UPSC

      HEADLINES:

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

SYLLABUS COVERED: GS 3: Reports

      LEARNING: 

For PRELIMS take a note of publisher . Key facts and observations in this report .

For MAINS take down the contribution of fashion industry in global warming .

      ISSUE: 

The fashion industry’s supply chain saw more dirty coal, more fossil fuel-based fabrics, and more delivery by highly polluting cargo ships prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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.

TITLE

  • The report, titled Fashion forward: A roadmap to fossil-free fashion

OUTLINE

  • Report outlines the steps the industry must take to get a handle on its rapidly growing carbon footprint .

It uses simple steps through a combination of renewable energy, better materials, and greener shipping.

SIGNIFICANCE

  • 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.

Most brands have yet to take the steps needed to reduce their carbon footprints.

  • 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.

CRITICAL ANALYSIS

  • The report details the dramatic addition of new coal power plants that are being planned in Bangladesh, Vietnam, China, and Turkey.

There is strong connection between the rapid increase in the use of polyester fabric and the explosion of fracking in the U.S.

A Roadmap to Fossil Free Fashion Report | UPSC

RENEWABLES IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

  • Brands must eliminate coal and transition to a renewable-powered supply chain by 2030.

Form partnerships with suppliers to embrace sharing capital costs.

  • 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.

GREENER SHIPPING

  • Brands must reduce the climate impacts of how clothing is shipped around the world by supporting short-term solutions.

This includes slowing down the ships and eliminating dirty fuels.

  • 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 support false “clean” energy transitions from coal to fracked gas or coal to biomass.

  • 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.

ABOUT STAND.EARTH

  • 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.

      IASbhai WINDUP: 

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.

Now is the time for brands to rebuild their business model and supply chain .

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.

     SOURCES:DownToEarth

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