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Our second Progress Report has now been published and is available for download. In this report, a majority of STICA member companies present their greenhouse gas emissions for Scopes 1, 2 and 3 activities, as well as disclose their targets. The report also includes a number of other important sections, including a discussion on strengths and limitations of the STICA methodology, an analysis of some of the key challenges companies and the industry are facing, and a call to action for policy makers.
The EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy – How Do We Ensure Ambitious Climate Action Is Central to Upcoming Legislation?
With COP 26 fast approaching and a pioneering EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy in the making, it is crucial to discuss how to ensure ambitious climate action is prioritised in the coming EU Textiles Strategy. In October 2021, STICA, together with Members of Parliament Alice Bah Kuhnke and Delara Burkhard, organised a webinar where you can hear climate experts, members of the European Commission and DG Environment, as well as company representatives, climate finance experts, and NGOs discuss how to ensure climate action is central to upcoming legislation.
To view the video recording, slide presentations and reports of this webinar, please visit our event page.
The global apparel and textiles industry produces a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) thereby contributing to global warming. The latest analyses estimate our contribution to be anywhere between 2% and 10% of global GHG emissions — and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation claims that if we continue with business-as-usual our industry could be responsible for 26% of the global carbon budget by 2050. In other words, our industry’s negative impact on the climate will continue to increase substantially.
A majority of our industry’s GHG emissions are generated within raw material production, supply chain processing and assembly, and in customer product care and end of life disposal. Because these impacts are outside the direct control of any single company, all actors, including brands and retailers, need to work together and engage with suppliers, governments, financial organizations and consumers if we are to make a difference.
Given the seriousness of the situation, our stakeholders are expecting us to do more than acknowledge the problem. They are expecting us to show concrete progress.
What does climate action look like for our industry? It involves setting science-based targets for GHG reductions. It means creating realistic, time-bound plans for reducing these GHG emissions and for reporting on our progress on a regular basis. It means working together to develop solutions that we can’t develop or implement on our own. It means finding ways of using the climate challenge as a driver for business innovation, thereby creating competitive advantages.
The United Nations recently launched the Climate Action in Fashion Initiative, where signatories have agreed to reduce their GHG emissions by at least 30% by 2030. Here in Sweden, our government has set a goal to be climate neutral by 2050. To help achieve these goals, leading Swedish actors operating in the apparel and textiles industry are launching this new initiative. Its aim is to support apparel and textiles organizations as well as the entire Swedish apparel and textile industry to reduce our climate impacts while strengthening our global competitiveness. Ultimately, we want to ensure Sweden does more than its share by becoming the first climate positive apparel and textiles industry in the world well before 2050. We believe this is the only way to ensure we will solve the climate crisis.
“The latest analysis from the scientific community is undeniable. We can no longer wait to take action. We need bold, courageous and smart leadership. SFA’s role is to ensure ambitious companies and stakeholders get the support they need to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the rapid transformation of the apparel and textiles industry. This is a state of emergency. It is time we started acting like it.” – Michael Schragger, Initiative Co-founder & Director, STICA
“We are running out of time! If we want to fight climate change we must move quickly, effectively and together. That is why I am proud that Peak Performance is one of the founding members of STICA. Through STICA we will improve our business practices, collaborate with industry peers and accelerate climate action for the entire industry.” – Sara Molnar, CEO, Peak Performance
“We must take action for our future. At H&M we want to use our size and scale to lead the change towards a circular and climate positive fashion industry. But together we can do even more. That is why we are very proud to be founding members of STICA where we can use our influence to support a positive transformation to reduce climate impact throughout the whole industry.” – Filip Ekvall, Regional Manager North Europe, H&M
“We at KappAhl take responsibility for the impact our business has on the planet. Since 2017, we have reduced KappAhl’s emissions by seven percent, but that is not enough. We know that we need to act now, that we only have ten years to adapt. In order to reduce the climate impact in our value chain, we need to both take actions ourselves as well as participate in industry-wide initiatives with clear goals. KappAhl has, together with STICA, committed ourselves to reducing emissions in line with the UN’s 1.5 degree target. To achieve lasting change, cooperation towards the common goal is absolutely crucial.” – Elisabeth Peregi, President & CEO, KappAhl
“Over the years, The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation has highlighted the major impacts that the textile industry has on the environment and our climate. During this time, we have seen the industry develop and increase its insight into the importance of acting to address these challenges. But if we are to reach the 1.5°C target, a faster adjustment of the industry’s business models, and our consumption patterns is required. Both collaborations and political instruments are needed to strive toward reduced new consumption. To achieve this, the importance of collaboration is crucial, and we see STICA as a natural and important part of the continued work toward a more sustainable fashion industry.” – Eva Eiderström, Director of the Department of Ecolabelling and Green Consumption, The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation
“Today, the fashion industry is responsible for around 4 percent of global GHG emissions, and the industry is expected to grow. To stay on the 1.5°C pathway, we have ten years to halve emissions. We can do it, but we need to work together and speed up our efforts. Here, industry initiatives like STICA play a significant role in achieving this.” – Johanna Myrman Kristoffersen, Deputy Director of Food, Climate and Energy Dept, WWF
“To tackle the climate emergency, we need to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and reach net zero by latest 2050 – according to the “Carbon Law”. It is critical to mobilize the entire business sector in order to deliver on the 1.50C ambition. To halve emissions before 2030, business need to switch to renewable energy, to low-carbon materials and logistics, and implement circular business models. STICA is a great example of an industry initiative driving climate action to deliver on these bold targets. STICA is also a contributor to the 1.5°C Business Playbook and a supporter of the SME Climate Hub, that helps small and medium sized businesses accelerate climate action.” – Johan Falk, Head of Exponential Roadmap Initiative
Support apparel and textile companies operating in both Swedish and international markets to set science-based targets and reduce their greenhouse gases in line with 1.5 C warming pathway, as outlined by the United Nations Framework on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement. We will also go further, ensuring we exceed this goal by becoming climate positive.
Provide a neutral, non-competitive platform for companies and organizations to learn best practices for reducing their GHG emissions as well as to track and publically report on their progress on a regular basis.
Support the development of joint projects and cross-sector collaborations in order to reduce the Swedish apparel and textile industry’s GHG emissions while stimulating climate solutions that can also be exported outside of Sweden, thus increasing the Swedish apparel and textile industry’s global competitiveness.
Develop a roadmap and implement an action plan for how the Swedish apparel and textile industry will reduce its GHG emissions beyond the 1.5 C warming target in order to become climate positive.
To be able to publically commit to science-based GHG emissions reduction targets, report regularly on progress, and take effective action, companies and organizations need to understand what it means both strategically and practically. They also need a platform to share best practices and collaborate to achieve their goals.
That is why we offer an action-learning network for brands and retailers in a range of segments – everyday fashion, luxury, outdoor, sport, workwear – and other actors who purchase, sell or produce textiles, such as those supporting the public sector and municipalities. The purpose of this network is to help apparel and textile organizations to:
Understand their organization’s climate impacts and measure GHG emissions;
Develop science-based targets and plans for reducing GHG emissions;
Develop processes and structures for reporting on and communicating organization’s progress; and
Identify actions that reduce emissions and create business benefits.
Participating in this network offers a number of benefits:
1. On-going education and training: As climate action is a challenging area, and knowledge, tools and standards are often updated, we organize webinars on a regular basis to ensure the continuous education of network members.
2. Access to expert advice, at reduced consulting rates: For organizations that need it – especially smaller companies – we connect companies to additional consulting support. Because we are a larger network, we are often able to negotiate reduced prices for members.
3. Business intelligence regarding climate and textiles: We share business intelligence related to existing solutions for greenhouse gas reductions in the apparel and textile industries. This intelligence can be reports, tools, case studies, etc.
4. Access to a robust network of companies who share knowledge: The companies participating in STICA understand climate action is pre-competitive issue and therefore are keen to share their ideas and learning. As part of the network participants are organized into working groups designed to help members share best practices and develop collaborative projects, such as consumer engagement campaigns, co-sourcing of climate-friendly transport options, co-engagement with mills and dye houses to support their transition to renewable energy, policy engagement, etc.
5. Credibility: STICA is lead by The Sustainable Fashion Academy, an independent, a non-profit platform. This means we hold members accountable for progress and ensure integrity in reporting and actions.
6. Association to a platform working to drive systemic change: If individual companies reduce their emissions but the industry overall does not, then we will not achieve the aggregate GHG reductions needed. This is why serious companies understand that they also need to support change at an industry level. By joining this network, companies support SFA in our industry action work. As part of this support, organizations may be invited to provide input into and participate in additional activities SFA is hosting, such as building a climate impact roadmap for the Swedish apparel and textiles industry, CEO roundtables and policy forums.
Companies who participate in the STICA Action Learning Network are expected to:
Measure and report in accordance to STICA guidelines, which are informed by the Science Based Targets methodology. We provide guidelines for this, as well as education. Companies are not expected to get approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, although this is encouraged.
Report progress on an annual basis (Scopes 1, 2 and 3). New members of the Action Learning Network are given a one-year grace period before they are required to report.
Make public their targets and commitments. Companies and organizations should present their impacts and progress in their annual reports and will report their impacts annually to STICA who will also publish member’s progress in our annual report.
Share knowledge and insights with other companies and engage in joint projects whenever possible and practical. Company and organizational representatives should also strive to participate in workshops and engage in working groups if and when relevant. This will ensure the network is robust and that learning is shared most effectively.
Support action at the industry level. This can be done by supporting STICA, who is developing a roadmap for the Nordic textile industry and is active in numerous international platforms for climate action.
Network Membership Fees To cover the costs associated with the development and execution of the network, as well as to support the industry action activities, organizations are asked to invest a yearly fee:
“As a medium sized company, we do not have the capacity to execute such a challenging task as climate mapping and reduction action just on our own, but we can profit from the competence and knowledge of the majority of Nordic textile industry, as well as the expertise of STICA. STICA provides us with a network and a framework for doing what we all need to do, aiming for ambitious improvement actions and GHG reductions throughout our supply chain.” – Jan Tore Jensen, CEO, Bergans
“At Fristads we have worked with sustainability at the product level for a long time and have a solid plan for reducing our overall environmental impact. STICA helps us to improve our sustainability work by giving us the right tools to analyse and report the results. It’s also a great forum for discussion and finding solutions for common challenges. Another positive effect of our collaboration is that it gives us leverage to effect meaningful change within the clothing industry – we’re much stronger together than on our own.” – Lisa Rosengren, Head of R&D Raw Material, Fristads
“Being part of STICA has helped us to address our climate challenge. We believe STICA is important to join forces in our industry and to accelerate the work needed to be done. Joining the initiative was a kick start for us and provided us with the necessary knowledge and tools to move forward and accelerate our climate focus. We humbly acknowledge the great challenge we have ahead of us to reduce our climate impact and reach our goals. Together with STICA we have set the goal to operate in line with the Paris Agreement and to annually measure and report our emissions and our status in relation to the 1.5 degree goal. With STICA we feel that we have the support needed for the important work that lays ahead of us.” – Eleonor Björserud, Sustainability Manager, MQ MARQET.
If you have questions we are here to help.
The apparel and textile industries are responsible for a significant amount of greenhouse gas emissions. Recent studies estimate that the apparel industry accounts for approximately 3-7 % of the share of global emissions, ranging between 1.39 to 3.29 gigatons carbon dioxide emissions yearly depending on what is included in the scope. There is general agreement that the majority of the apparel industry’s greenhouse gas emissions are generated in the value chain, especially during fiber and material production, yarn production, preparation of fabrics and dyeing, assembly and transportation within production. Given the anticipated growth of the industry in emerging markets and our need to half emissions by 2030, it is crucial that the textile industry does its part and more.
STICA activities involve two work streams. Work stream one involves supporting commercial companies to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 1,5 degree warming pathway as specified by the Paris agreement and the Science-based Targets Initiative. Work stream two involves supporting the entire Swedish and Nordic apparel and textiles industry to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 1,5 degree warming pathway while also stimulating this region to be the global leaders in climate action.
STICA is coordinated by The Sustainability Fashion Academy, a non-profit independent organisation based in Sweden. SFA’s mission is to accelerate progress towards science-based sustainability targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by influencing the apparel industry and its stakeholders. SFA initiates research and analysis, empowers change agents with information, education and training, and mobilises key stakeholders around critical topics and goals, such as climate action. To learn more visit www.sustainablefashionacademy.org
To ensure credibility and comparability, STICA requires that company members:
Set targets, measure and report in accordance with STICA guidelines, which are informed by the Science Based Targets methodology. STICA provides guidelines for how to measure and report, as well as education and training. Company targets and methods do not need to be approved by the Science Based Targets initiative, although this is encouraged.
Report progress on an annual basis (scopes 1, 2 and 3 according to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol). Members need to report progress for all scopes. New members are permitted to wait one year before reporting.
Make public their targets and commitments. Companies and organizations should present their impacts and progress in their annual reports. STICA also publishes members’ progress annually.
Share knowledge and insights with other companies and engage in joint projects where possible and practical. Company and organizational representatives are expected to participate in webinars and engage in working groups if and when relevant. This ensures the network is robust and that learning is shared most effectively.
Support action at the industry level. Without changes at the industry level, there are limits to what a company can do to reduce its emissions and transform its business. By engaging at the industry level and by supporting STICA, companies also support structural change.
No. Some of STICA’s current company members are also based in Norway and Denmark. The regional nature of the initiative tends to be more practical because Nordic company representatives can easily travel to in person workshops and meetings. Also, there is a history and spirit of collaboration between Nordic companies which is unique. If you are not from the Nordic region but you are interested in joining, please contact us.
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