NEW PROGRAM: CARBON LEADERSHIP PROJECT
CARBON LEADERSHIP PROJECT
Collective Action for Carbon Reduction
In 2020, Aii launched the Carbon Leadership Project to merge the efforts of multiple apparel brands working to reduce their carbon output within their supply chains. These industry-leading brands are now using collective action to tackle carbon in the apparel supply chain where the biggest positive impacts can be made. Through this exciting collaboration, we will be able to leverage the results and learnings from the program to share then with the rest of the industry, leading to participation by more facilities and significantly more carbon reduction industry wide.
What is the Carbon Leadership Project?
This project brings together action-oriented brands in the apparel industry to accelerate the implementation of their supply chain carbon targets, while also standardizing approaches with their suppliers so that they can be replicated by the rest of the industry. The supply chain participants collaborate on setting carbon targets, then share data and lessons learned in order to maximize carbon reduction throughout the industry.
How the project works – partnership and personalization:
The action plan of the Carbon Leaders Project includes benchmarking existing facility performance, on-site assessment, and personalized training and tools. It begins with the group of brands collectively deciding which problems they want to confront.
While many brands may set carbon targets, partnering with manufacturers is key to tackling the carbon supply chain issues. We asked how brands could work with manufacturers to help them also set and achieve carbon targets.
The answer is the Carbon Leadership Supplier Toolkit. It starts with a carbon tech assessment using personalized data about a manufacturer. Then, it offers training and tools based on where the manufacturer stands on its sustainability journey. The final deliverables are a factory carbon target and personalized action plan to lower carbon emissions.
To date, the participating brands have found overlap on the personalized action plans ranging from energy efficiency to clean fuels and renewable energy. The next phase will include prioritizing items from the action plans the brands will partner with manufacturers on implementing.
The project focuses on three areas:
- Factory Carbon Targets: The program seeks to develop a standardized approach to setting carbon targets and low-carbon action plans at the factory level.
- Collaborative Implementation: After Aii identifies priority opportunities to reduce carbon, participating organizations and participating brands work together to respond to these opportunities.
- Industry Feedback and Replication: The information and tools learned from the Carbon Leaders program will be shared with and included in relevant existing industry programs, such as UNFCCC, Fashion PACT, SAC and others.