Friday 26 May 2017

The catwalk calls on world leaders to make paris work

A H&M store in the French capital. Its chief executive is among the industry leaders looking for real change
A H&M store in the French capital. Its chief executive is among the industry leaders looking for real change
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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The chief executives of seven top clothing companies, including H&M, Gap and Adidas, are calling on governments to agree a strong climate change deal, saying they fear global warming will drive up their costs.

Almost 200 nations are meeting in Paris until December 11, trying to work out a deal to limit a rise in temperatures blamed on increasing emissions of greenhouse gases.

"We come together to acknowledge that climate change is harming the world in which we operate," read the joint declaration, which was also signed by the heads of Levi Strauss, Burton Snowboards, Eileen Fisher and VF Corp, which owns Timberland.

"Climate change mitigation and technological innovation are vital to the health and well-being of those who make and use our products, as well as to the future supply of materials needed to make [them]," they added.

The seven companies are among the world's top users of cotton and the executives said they were concerned that climate warming could drive up costs by harming cotton production. Faced with criticism that the fashion industry helps fuel a wasteful, throw-away culture, companies such as H&M and Adidas have been trying to improve their environmental credentials by launching products made from recycled materials.

The apparel industry accounts for 10pc of global carbon emissions, with more than 150 billion garments produced every year, according to Zady, a fashion website that seeks to encourage consumers to buy fewer, higher-quality garments produced in a more sustainable way. The seven executives said they hoped the Paris deal would ensure net zero greenhouse gas emissions well before the end of the century and that it would include assurances that national climate commitments are strengthened every five years, starting in 2020.

The declaration included no new commitments from the companies themselves on how they plan to help reach those aims.

Emma Thomasson

Sunday Indo Business

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