Increasing numbers of sports and fashion brands are setting themselves the goal of becoming climate neutral within the next few years, on a corporate as well as product level. The Performance Days Munich and Functional Fabric Fair by Performance Days Portland seek targeted answers to the question, “How can we cut down on CO2 emissions?” as part of its roadmap over the next 3 fairs.
The focus topic “The Journey to Carbon Neutrality” will therefore highlight materials and fibers that provide solutions on how to produce and reprocess materials in the future in a climate-friendly manner, kicking off at the spring trade fair, the Functional Fabric Fair by Performance Days in Portland, OR/USA, on April 4-5, 2022, at the Performance Days, Munich/Germany, on April 27-28, 2022, continuing through the winter fair in October/November and culminating at the Spring 2023 Performance Days fair.
The apparel industry is among the world’s highest emitters of CO2. If one wishes to examine its emissions across all stages of the value chain, it is worth looking beyond raw materials, production, logistics and trade. Consumer behavior can also influence emissions: According to the “Fashion on Climate” report published by the Global Fashion Agenda and McKinsey at the end of August 2020, even greater leverage lies in the products themselves: 61% of reductions in emissions could be achieved through CO2 reductions in material production and processing, by minimizing production and manufacturing waste, and in the manufacturing of garments. By 2030, that would account for around 1 billion tons/year. Finally, consumer behavior is also a factor that impacts the fashion industry’s climate footprint. If even more attention is paid to sustainable clothing, and if it is reused and worn longer, this can lead to a reduction in emissions of up to 347 million tons, according to the report.
At the Performance Days, already since November 2019 only sustainable materials have been presented in the Performance Forum. This sustainable approach will be
The 2 fairs are pursuing a 3-step plan for their roadmap. For Step 1, April 2022, the focus of the upcoming fair will be on CO2-reducing technologies and the measuring of a product’s carbon footprint. In Step 2, November 2022, within the entire focus topic product category, only products that indicate CO2 emissions caused during production will be shown. This contributes to more transparency and comparability in the industry. Finally, in Step 3, April 2023, the Performance Forum will present the amount of CO2 emitted by each individual product. Furthermore, approaches to solutions will be shown as to how CO2 released during the manufacturing of materials can be offset and further reduced.
As usual, the 2 trade fairs will showcase an in-depth overview of new materials, trends and innovations from exhibitors at the Performance Forum. Visitors can find out about the new Focus Topic online as part of the digital sourcing platform “The Loop
”, which is available all year round. Alternatively, all content can be viewed live at the fair on the Focus Topic Wall in the Performance Forum area. In addition, the fair will also host the accompanying popular Expert Talks, where innovations, developments and the latest technologies will be reviewed and presented.
Higg and Climate Partner will accompany the next 3 fairs as cooperation partners. The Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) from Higg, Trusted Sustainability Data, Kensington, CA/USA, is considered the leading tool for assessing the environmental impact of materials in the apparel, footwear and textile industries. ClimatePartner GmbH, Munich, on the other hand, seeks solutions for climate protection: This involves the balancing of CO2 emissions – which in turn are to offset the emissions of companies with recognized climate protection projects in order to make products, services and companies climate neutral.