The organisations have seen savings in a cohort of tier 2 facilities of 10.198 tons of CO2 per year

The organisations have seen savings in a cohort of tier 2 facilities of 10.198 tons of CO2 per year

Netherlands-based sustainable trade initiative IDH has partnered with the Apparel Impact Institute to launch a programme in Vietnam aimed at reducing the negative impact of the apparel sector on the environment in line with the Paris Agreement and science-based targets (SBTs).

The Tier 1 Vietnam programme builds on the earlier work of Clean by Design and the Race to the Top Vietnam initiative and aims to significantly reduce energy use, as well save money.

In alignment with the Paris Agreement, the programme will help facilities gain financial savings and determine the positive environmental impact potential in tier-1 facilities compared to tier-2 results.

In earlier work on the Race to the Top programme, the organisations say they have seen savings in a cohort of tier 2 facilities of 10.198 tons of CO2 per year, or the equivalent of 2,040 cars on the road for a full year. Electricity savings compared to 153.551 laptops turned on for a year.

"We believe that, with a smaller investment compared to tier 2 facilities, implementing environmental projects in tier 1 facilities save up to 22% of energy use (coal, gas, wood & kWh electricity reduction), as well as millions of dollars," the organisations say.

These results are expected to influence tier 1 programme expansion plans in Vietnam and other key countries while reducing carbon emissions with immediate effect, as part of a larger and ongoing effort to stave off the worst effects of climate change, they add. "With industry collaboration, we can facilitate large scale change."

US apparel retailer Gap Inc, is a co-investor in the programme. Aaron Tam, senior manager environmental capability building at Gap Inc, says: "We have ambitious, science-based climate goals, aligned with the core commitment of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming below 1.5°C. This is why we co-invest in programmes to reduce energy and water consumption and GHG emissions. We have already seen the Race to the Top apparel programme succeed to identify savings opportunities up to 22% of energy use in key textile suppliers in Vietnam. With the tier-1 garment supplier programme we can now scale this further and continue to reduce emissions in partnership with our supply chain."