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Today at COP25, the Steering Committee of the UNFCCC’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action presented a communique inviting political leaders to collaborate to reach net zero emissions by 2050.

The UN Climate Change Conference, COP25, began last week in Madrid to engage sectors to take the next crucial steps in the UN climate change process of operationalising the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The Fashion Charter’s call for collaboration between policymakers and the fashion industry highlights the importance of accelerating climate action in both fashion production and consumption countries.

The Fashion Charter launched a year ago with the vision to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. It marked an innovative sectoral approach to addressing climate action. Today the Charter counts 120 signatories – brands, retailers, suppliers and organisations who are working together to outline pathways that will align

the industry with the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement.

To fulfil this mission, signatories are building on existing solutions and initiatives to accelerate progress and identify mechanisms to scale technical transformation within fashion value chains.

Global Fashion Agenda’s Public Affairs Director and co-chair of the Fashion Charter’s communications and mobilisation working group, Jonas Eder-Hansen stated, “through collaborative action and bold leadership, the fashion industry has the ability to develop clear targets of accountability and the power to make this necessary and drastic transformation happen”.

The intended outcome of today’s COP25 Fashion Charter discussion is a hope that policymakers will create enabling conditions for the fashion industry to deliver industry-wide GHG impact reduction in line with the Paris Agreement.