Joining brands such as Target Corp., Stella McCartney, Nike Inc., Levi Strauss & Co., Inditex and H&M Group, Fast Retailing Co. on Wednesday said it signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, which is sponsored by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The charter supports the goals of the Paris Agreement in limiting global temperature rise and specifies measures for the fashion industry to implement such as focusing on a 30 percent aggregate reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.
Fast Retailing said it has been working to determine and reduce the volume of greenhouse gas emissions from all points along its supply chain, including the procurement of raw materials, manufacturing and distribution and store operations. Fast Retailing in 2019 announced that within two years it would set science based targets for greenhouse gas emissions based on the Paris Agreement targets and scientific knowledge.
Signing the Fashion Industry Charter will strengthen Fast Retailing’s sustainable activities and “accelerate coordination with companies and stakeholders around the globe and contribute to the realization of a sustainable world across industries,” said Yukihiro Nitta, group senior vice president for sustainability.
Fast Retailing’s main measures addressing climate change include advancing the use of recycled materials, which includes Uniqlo’s upcoming launch of high function, quick-drying EX products made from polyester fibers recycled from PET bottles, and down products made partially with recycled down removed from pre-worn products collected from customers at Uniqlo stores.
Uniqlo is reducing energy consumption by 10 percent at major material factories. Fast Retailing said it’s changed the way it operates its stores. The company set a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at Uniqlo units in Japan by 10 percent per unit area. As of 2018, the company had achieved a nearly 19 percent reduction, and it’s started designing stores that use renewable energy.
Fast Retailing considers the possibilities of apparel lowering greenhouse gas emissions with its functional characteristics. Heattech innerwear has technology that provides greater warmth, potentially reducing the amount of energy needed for heating. Uniqlo encourages customers to recycle products and donates the clothing to refugees, displaced people and disaster victims.