#31 – Carbon Trust: The Journey of Decarbonizing Fashion

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It’s no secret that fashion has a negative environmental impact through its carbon footprint – and its carbon ‘shoe size’ is one of the largest among all global industries. There are many parallel sustainability initiatives in fashion and textiles, and one cornerstone is the movement towards decarbonization. This episode, our host Max Gilgenmann is joined by experts from Carbon Trust to discuss this emergent action area of positive change.

Laura Van De Ven and Anna Raffaelli are Carbon Trust’s Europe Marketing & Engagement Lead and DACH Regional Manager. The company consults and certifies clients through their process towards decreasing their carbon footprint, and this means going beyond carbon offsetting, where brands will engage in carbon-positive activities (like planting trees), and focusing on carbon insetting, where the brand’s own supply chain and operations change to reduce their carbon footprint. Measuring emissions is an important first step in addressing carbon impact, but our guests explain that a systemic, multi-stakeholder plan is the only way to create lasting positive change. Addressing the challenges of decarbonizing the manufacturing stages, to gaining internal leadership buy-in, to greenwash-free communication and reporting, Carbon Trust describes itself as a critical friend to companies on their sustainability journey.

Learn more about Carbon Trust at http://www.carbontrust.com/

Our guests have also provided us with some fantastic resources to learn more about decarbonizing the fashion industry:

  1. Global Breaking Business Barriers to Net Zero (Research Report): https://www.carbontrust.com/our-work-and-impact/guides-reports-and-tools/breaking-business-barriers-to-net-zero
  2. How to counter greenwashing with transparent communications | The Carbon Trust: https://www.carbontrust.com/our-work-and-impact/guides-reports-and-tools/how-to-counter-greenwashing-with-transparent-communications
  3. Eine Einführung zu Scope 3 Emissionen | The Carbon Trust: https://www.carbontrust.com/de/projekte-und-ressourcen/ressourcen/eine-einfuehrung-zu-scope-3-emissionen
  4. Webinar: Communicating your environmental action with transparency - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjZzDWuxhgM
  5. Podcast: What’s innovation got to do with it? https://open.spotify.com/show/59R1wjPnmhxkP3GRhp3Bq8
  6. Subscribe to the quarterly European newsletter: https://carbontrust.us17.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=5b9c5b13f086ee7879e392500&id=5404dd9944
  7. Inspiration: Gemeinsame Projekterfolge | The Carbon Trust including Dr. Martens: https://www.carbontrust.com/de/projekte-und-ressourcen/gemeinsame-projekterfolge/mit-dr-martens-ein-nachhaltigeres-geschaeftsmodell-entwickeln

202030 – The Berlin Fashion Summit is organized by studio MM04, in cooperation with the Beneficial Design Institute. It is a part of Berlin Fashion Week, and is funded by the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises Berlin.


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