The CO₂ Improve initiative, launched by the IAF (International Apparel Federation) last year, aims to improve the global fashion and lifestyle industry in CO₂ emissions through fashion logistics . The fashion supply chain covers the whole world, so the logistics operations in the fashion industry almost by definition add up to a very high level of pollution. With increasing attention from consumers, governments and NGOs, individual businesses are willing, but also struggling, to do better. With future CO₂ taxes looming on the horizon, it’s even more important for any business to know where it stands and how to do it better.
CO₂ footprint certification and carbon pricing
Standardization of CO₂ monitoring has become very important to create a level playing field for the global fashion industry and to end the chaos created by the ever-increasing number of national and generic monitoring systems, with many different results and often doubtful. A formal certification of each company’s CO₂ footprint will follow in the years to come, even going so far that accountants will have to sign. In the future, a CO₂ tax will be introduced and Germany has already implemented it since 2021.
CO₂ Improve offers high quality CO₂ monitoring, which meets future standards. The calculations are based on the well-known GLEC Framework, the international standard for calculating emissions developed by the Global Logistics Emissions Council (GLEC). The results of the CO₂ Improve analysis can be used for official purposes and reports.
The essence of creating greener logistics is cooperation.
The IAF mobilizes its members from industry associations in 60 countries (including DM&T, Sportsbranchen.dk, UKFT, TEKO Logistik, Modint, Creamoda and AFC) and fashion brands have already signed up, with encouraging initial results. The IAF works closely with experts in fashion logistics and data analytics under the guidance of a long-standing partner. Greenway Logistics.
The IAF offers its member associations a suite of services to help their member companies measure and then reduce their CO₂ level in logistics. This is done through individual actions and in particular through collective industry projects.
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