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The Potential of the Fashion Industry for Combating Climate Change, 2020 Report

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  • 5 Pages
  • September 2020
  • Region: Global
  • Textiles Intelligence Ltd.
  • ID: 5157503

Analyzes 3 Priority Action Areas for the Industry to Help Minimize Its Environmental Impact

Lockdowns imposed by governments in the fight to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic have led many to reflect on wider issues affecting society and the planet - not least the need to address climate change. The fibre, textile and clothing industries are major contributors to climate change, and the throwaway nature of fashion has also been highlighted as a significant environmental problem. Indeed, if present trends continue, the fashion industry is on a trajectory which will miss the 1.5°C pathway to mitigating climate change by a considerable margin.

The Global Fashion Agenda (GFA) and McKinsey & Company have collaborated to analyze the contribution of the textile and clothing industries to climate change, and have identified three priority action areas for the industry to help minimize its environmental impact.

This report discusses the three priority action areas, namely:

  • The reduction of emissions from upstream operations
  • The reduction of emissions from the operations of brands
  • Encouraging sustainable behaviour among consumers

Who should buy this report?

  • Manufacturers of fibres, textiles, clothing and chemicals
  • Textile and clothing machinery manufacturers - spinning, weaving, knitting, sewing and import/export
  • Textile and clothing brands and retailers like Adidas, H&M etc.
  • Educational institutions like universities, fashion schools etc.
  • Business consultancy firms
  • Textile and clothing trade associations
  • Government trade bodies


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Collaboration in the Value Chain to Accelerate Change
  3. The Economics of Lowering Emissions