Hong Kong based manufacturing giant Crystal International Group has signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action to commit long-term climate goals.

The manufacturer joins around 150 signatories and supporting organisations – including leading brands and retailers in the apparel and fashion sector – to commit to reducing 30% aggregate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2030 and setting a decarbonisation pathway for the fashion industry drawing on methodologies from the Science-Based Targets Initiative.

Other goals include pursuing energy efficiency measures and renewable energy, moving towards circular business models, tracking and reporting GHG emissions consistent with standards.

"It is time for the fashion industry to step up climate actions collaboratively aligned with the goals of the Paris Agreement," says Catherine Chiu, general manager of the corporate quality and sustainability department at Crystal International. "We are keen to set an example for others and show our determination to combat climate change."

Crystal is participating in the Working Group 1 'Decarbonisation and GHG Emission Reductions,' and Working Group 3 'Manufacturing/Energy.' The company will share best practices and tools with other industry peers.

Climate risk is a key component of its 'Third Global 5-year Sustainability Targets (2018-2022)' which were outlined last year. It is also eyeing greater reductions in freshwater consumption and carbon footprint in its denim division for 2022 – and earlier this month launched a digital showroom to share the sustainability efforts that have gone into the production of its 4Zero jeans.

In 2020, the company completed a study to develop a roadmap for long-term carbon reduction. In 2019, a rooftop solar energy system consisting of around 600kW was installed in its intimates factory in Vietnam, anticipating to reduce the emissions by approximately 500 tCO2e every year. Crystal International plans to progressively scale up the adoption of renewable energy in all operating countries in the foreseeable future.

The group operates a multi-country manufacturing platform, with around 20 production facilities spanning five countries: Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Click on the following link for more details: UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action – Signatories so far.