The fashion industry is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, coupled with environmental impacts in its consumption and production processes. The environmental challenges faced by this sector necessitate fashion brands and stakeholders to take responsibility for a more sustainable future. In this blog post, we will shed light on the annual greenhouse gas emissions of the fashion industry, its environmental impacts, responsibility share, expert opinions, and targets to provide detailed insights into the subject.
The fashion industry accounted for approximately 1 metric gigaton of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions in 2021, roughly 1.8% of the world's total greenhouse gas production. Assuming business as usual in garment and footwear production, emissions are projected to reach 1.27 metric gigatons by 2030. Moreover, experts argue that emissions from the textile sector must reach net-zero by no later than 2050.
Even a slight increase in emissions would "lead us in the wrong direction."
The fashion industry contributes to significant greenhouse gas emissions due to factors such as production processes, material choices, transportation, and consumption, bearing a substantial share of the global carbon budget.
Experts provide goals and solution proposals that focus on circular production and design, material innovations, energy efficiency, waste management, based on ongoing research to help the fashion industry achieve its sustainability goals.
Collaboration, embracing innovations, and taking responsibility by all stakeholders are crucial for the fashion industry to achieve its sustainability targets.