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No action on climate change may double carbon emissions by 2050: GFA Monitor


No action on climate change may double carbon emissions by 2050 GFA Monitor


To achieve net zero carbon emissions goal by 2030, the fashion industry needs to accelerate its response. Failure to do so might result in doubling emissions from the permitted levels to align with the Paris Agreement, warns a new report by the Global Fashion Agenda. Titled, ‘The GFA Monitor,’ the new report fosters collaboration on sustainability in the fashion industry to accelerate the impact. Prepared in consultation with 20 partners and organization, the report offers insights on current industry status, solutions, action needed and proven best practices.

Bringing about universal change

Disrupted by the pandemic and volatile geopolitical climate, the fashion industry needs bold collaborations to redesign operations and bring about universal change, says the report. It guides the industry on the five sustainability priorities outlined in the Fashion CEO Agenda including: Creating Respectful and Secure Work Environments, Creating Better Wage Systems, Circular Systems, Resource Stewardship and Smart Material Choices.

Each priority is explained in the report with expert insights from GFA’s Impact Partners including Fair Labor Association (FLA), the Social & Labor Convergence Program (SLCP), Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Apparel Impact Institute, and Textile Exchange, respectively. These priorities enable the industry to achieve a fair living wage for all, reduce conventional virgin resources and decrease carbon emissions.

Federica Marchionni, CEO, Global Fashion Agenda adds, “The report enables us to create an aligned resource for the industry. It encourages knowledge sharing through expert alliances with multiple organizations in different specialties.”

Global Fashion Agenda collaborated with sustainability insights platform, Higg to establish a base for the measurement of reliability, and consistency of data for industry progress. Data available from brands and retailers on the Higg Brand & Retail Module (BRM) shows the tremendous progress achieved in resource stewardship, respectful and secure work environment and smart material choices. However, a lot still needs to be achieved in the field of Better Wage Systems and Circular Systems, the report states.

Standard to measure industry progress

GFA aims to make The GFA Monitor, an annual standard for the fashion industry to measure industry progress, make it more accountable, offer latest data on the industry, and highlight the required actions to meet its objectives. Lewis Perkins, President, Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) says, “The report highlights the industry’s collaborative nature to accelerate positive impact. We can fill the tremendous gaps existing in the industry only through greater collaboration and transparency.”

Laura Balmond, Fashion Lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation affirms, the report brings together key industry actors to address challenges and create real change. “Our contribution to the report will help the industry transition from a linear model of take and make waste, to one that eliminates waste and pollution, circulates products and materials and regenerates nature.”


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