The CmiA Carbon Neutral Initiative is a collaboration between Hamburg-based Aid by Trade Foundation (AbTF), which established CmiA, and atmosfair, a non-profit organisation which specialises in climate protection. It aims to provides a basis for a more climate-friendly textile supply chain.

By reducing and offsetting greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted during cotton production and processing, the Aid by Trade Foundation is pursuing a holistic strategy that prioritises the inclusion of CmiA small-scale farmers and their families and makes a point of ensuring that individual measures have a positive impact for this target group. These farming families have long been directly affected by the climate crisis, and their very existence is now under threat. Apart from its reduction and compensation efforts with atmosfair, the foundation is working to create a series of additional (pilot) projects in the area of climate-smart agriculture.

Through innovative agricultural practices, these projects aim to reduce GHG emissions and permanently bind atmospheric CO2 to the soil. The overall objective is for small-scale farmers to develop greater resilience to climate change.

“With CmiA Carbon Neutral, the Aid by Trade Foundation is making a key contribution to the decarbonisation of the entire textile supply chain. The global textile industry has recognised how significant textiles are in terms of climate change,” explains Tina Stridde, the managing director of the Aid by Trade Foundation. Cotton production accounts for around 0.3-1% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

“Numerous companies have set climate goals and are now looking for ways to meet them. Carefully selecting the raw material can already make a big difference. Cotton made in Africa offers a reliable and effective approach to protect nature. By lowering greenhouse gas emissions and using less water, Cotton made in Africa verified cotton already has a smaller environmental footprint than the global average for cotton production. CmiA Carbon Neutral is the fruit of our continued efforts to provide pioneering solutions for a more sustainable textile sector.”

Dr Hansjörg Zeller, team leader for new technologies at atmosfair, adds: “CmiA Carbon Neutral offers companies that are already implementing ambitious climate goals of their own additional, effective climate-protection measures in and around their own value chains, thereby supporting these companies in their ambitions.”

CmiA recently signed new partners including BRAX from Germany, Jolo Fashion Group from the Netherlands, and Shinsegae International from South Korea.