One the one hand, the garment and fashion sector produces an considerable amount of greenhouse gas emissions and is a major contributor to climate change. On the other hand, it is the source of employment for millions of people and a vital economic pillar for many countries, communities, and families. This project aims to contribute to facilitating a just transition and making the sector more sustainable and climate-friendly without leaving workers and communities behind, addressing their differential needs and capacities as well as cross-cutting issues related to gender, youth, human mobility, and resilience. The project will focus on awareness creation, sharing of experiences and best practices, research, policy analysis, and capacity-building both in a global context, taking case studies from developing and developed countries to highlight success stories and identify obstacles, challenges, and entry points.
The global fashion, garment, and textile industry currently provides employment for over 75 million people and generates EUR 1.5 trillion in annual revenue. However, it is also a major contributor of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, producing 10% of annual global carbon emissions through the manufacturing of products and materials. Decarbonizing the sector is therefore a vital step toward mitigating climate change and keeping global warming at well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement.