Over the past year, TMAS has been working with ClimatePartner on a corporate carbon footprint (CCF) mapping project with its member companies, as a natural step towards supporting a more sustainable textile industry.
More than half of the members of the Swedish Textile Machinery Association (TMAS), Stockholm/Sweden, are participating in the project, which involves calculating each operation’s Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions in order to identify the current climate impact and areas where reductions can be made.
»Integrating climate action into strategies is becoming increasingly important in Europe and we have decided to take a pro-active role.«
There is growing pressure from customers to be more transparent in this area and forthcoming legislation will soon make it necessary for all to take climate actions. TMAS members, however, recognize the benefit of taking action now, not least in terms of taking responsibility and demonstrating credibility.
The CCF project’s scope examines all aspects of a business split into 5 areas: Facility Management (heating, electricity, water, cooling agents and waste disposal); Employee Mobility (commuting and company cars); Business Travel (flights travel by train, rental cars); Procurement (production, packaging and office materials); Logistics (inbound and outbound).
Primary data is being used wherever possible and emission factors originate from internationally recognized databases.
The measurement program from ClimatePartner GmbH, Munich/Germany, is based on the guidelines of the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (GHG Protocol), and factors in all greenhouse gases covered by the Kyoto Protocol. These are carbon dioxide (CO₂), methane (CH₄), nitrous oxide (N₂O), hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), perfluorocarbons (PFC), sulfur hexafluoride (SF₆) and nitrogen trifluoride (NF₃).
Each of these gases affect the atmosphere differently and remain in the atmosphere for different lengths of time. Rather than reporting on each gas separately, they are expressed as a CO₂ equivalent (CO₂e) for the sake of simplicity. A CO₂e is essentially a conversion into a ‘global warming potential’ value that enables the influence of different gases on global warming to be compared.
TMAS comprises the leading Swedish companies with textile technology, automation and production processes. The expertise of its members ranges from advanced systems for yarn fault detection and tension monitoring, to yarn feeding technology for weaving, automated sewing production lines, cutting machines, embroidery technology, effective material handling systems, spray application system for fabric finishing and much more.