Oeko-Tex : Carbon and water footprint data c...

Carbon and water footprint data collection

(Source: Oeko-Tex)
(Source: Oeko-Tex)

Textile production facilities have a critical role to play in achieving the industry’s goals to reduce water usage and carbon emissions 30% by 2030. In addition, water risk is growing and today the apparel sector is underperforming on measuring and monitoring water impact. Consumers and brands alike are increasingly selecting products and companies that demonstrate action and make commitments on key environmental topics like water usage and climate change.
Oeko-Tex has recognized this and has already started to develop a systematic analysis option in the sense of a life cycle assessment in 2020. The data can be determined with the help of the new Impact Calculator for STeP by Oeko-Tex.  
Oeko-Tex Association, Zurich/Switzerland, has partnered with Quantis, Lausanne/Switzerland, a leading science-based sustainability consultancy, to develop a transparent methodology and data models to help facilities quantify their carbon and water impacts.
The tool’s output gives facilities first insights into carbon emissions and water usage. It calculates impacts by production process step vs. impacts generated outside a facility’s direct influence, such as raw material production and transportation. This enables facilities to identify the biggest opportunities for carbon emission and water reductions - whether to change materials purchased or improve operations.
The tool is able to measure the carbon and water footprint of each process step, the overall process and every kg of materials or products used. In addition, a new certification for fulfilling due diligence obligations is also to be introduced by mid-2022: Responsible Business by Oeko-Tex.

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