The World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Apparel Impact Institute (Aii) introduce “Roadmap to Net Zero,” a report and guide calling for the system-wide collaboration needed to reduce GHG emissions of the apparel and footwear industry by 45% at minimum by 2030 and to zero by 2050.
By identifying six interventions in materials and production, the report offers a map to prioritize decarbonization efforts within the industry. These six interventions deliver more than 60% of the necessary reductions to align with the 1.5-degree Celsius scenario.
- Maximizing material efficiency.
- Scaling sustainable materials and practices.
- Accelerating the development of innovative materials.
- Maximizing energy efficiency.
- Eliminating coal in manufacturing.
- Shifting to 100% renewable electricity.
A seventh intervention, to advance the circular economy, undergirds both materials and production.
The apparel industry has a monumental opportunity to implement the interventions and overcome hurdles through collaboration and urgent action. As of October 2021, roughly 140 apparel companies have approved Science Based Targets (SBTs) or commitments to set them, this report provides the context needed to enable these companies to reach those targets and “get to zero.”
Watch Authors of the report, Emily McGarvey, Lewis Perkins and Michael Sadowski discuss the report in an insightful conversation.