Textile Exchange 2030 Strategy: Climate+

Textile Exchange announced its new 2030 StrategyClimate+ (pronounced Climate-Plus) during its annual Textile Sustainability Conference that took place in October 2019. Under the Climate+ strategic direction, Textile Exchange will be the driving force for urgent climate action with a goal of 35-45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030. [1],[2]

The 2030 Strategy: Climate+ is the result of extensive stakeholder engagement through interviews and an online survey conducted with a mix of Textile Exchange members and non-members from organizations representing brands, retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, nonprofits and professional services across the globe.

For years, Textile Exchange has promoted practices, standards, and resources that benefit the climate.  Adopting the Climate+ strategy makes climate a deliberate priority and organizational focus for an impact area that requires immediate attention and for which we have many existing tools and resources. The “+” in Climate+ allows Textile Exchange to prioritize climate while continuing to address other impact areas that are interconnected with climate in most situations (e.g., water, biodiversity, forests, soil and animal welfare). The “+” is also an acknowledgement that Textile Exchange cannot achieve this new 2030 goal of 35-45% reduction in CO2 emissions from preferred fiber and material production on its own. Achieving the 2030 Strategy: Climate+ goal will require strong partnerships to accelerate adoption of existing tools as well as enable disruptive innovation around new business models and zero carbon materials.

[1] Scope is pre-spinning. Measured from a 2017 baseline; subject to Science Based Targets validation.

[2] The range reflects the additional work we would like to do to ensure our target is aligned with a 1.5-degree Celsius scenario (defined by the UN IPCC), aligned with Science Based Targets as well as with the UNFCCC Fashion Climate Charter.

Read our News Release on the 2019 Textile Sustainability Conference Here