Science tells us that to keep the planet safe, we must significantly reduce CO2 emissions within the next decade to meet our 1.5°C climate goal. Together we must work towards this goal—to drastically reduce emissions and adapt to climate change—so as to escape the worst impacts of climate change.
The timeline to do this is very short, and the goals are incredibly tough to meet, but that is our challenge. In 2018, the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, was launched in response to that challenge.
With a growing list of signatory companies and organizations, as well as clear commitments and plans, the Charter has the ingredients to be a success. In the second year of the initiative, Charter members have a clear vision of where they want to go. Through several dedicated working groups, they are joining hands to develop consistent approaches to climate action, spotlight solutions and best practices, and build pathways to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
We are as yet only in the early parts of this journey, but the first steps have already been taken. Sharing knowledge and building capacity is key to climate ambition, as we transition to implementation of the Paris Agreement. I am pleased to see the first version of the Playbook for Climate Action developed by the industry, for the industry.
The Playbook is intended to be a living document that will help fashion stakeholders to identify what actions to take and which initiatives and programmes could support them. I encourage you to read it and provide feedback on how the next version could be strengthened, so that it becomes a go-to tool in your decarbonization journey. Fashion can play an important role in inspiring other sectors and society at large to lead the way towards a healthy and prosperous planet for all. That is our dream too! We look forward to the next edition of the Playbook that will incorporate practical steps and recommendations in making that dream a reality.