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SDG 13 Steps: How Denim Mills are Embracing Climate Action

Reducing fashion’s carbon footprint has never been more imperative. A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that without immediate and widespread intervention in shrinking emissions, it will be impossible to keep global warming limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

According to the United Nations, fashion is responsible for an estimated 2 to 8 percent of the world’s total carbon emissions. Companies in the private sector are taking action. Signatories of the U.N.’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, including Lenzing, have committed to a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.

In addition to signing on to the UNFCCC, Lenzing has reduced its own carbon impact through True Carbon Zero TENCEL™. For the fibers, we have reduced the carbon footprint of the production process as much as possible. Any energy use that cannot be avoided is then offset.

Around the globe, denim mills are innovating to address U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 13 on climate action. Read on to see how mills in Europe and the Americas—including Berto, Elevate Textiles/ Cone Denim, Global Denim and Textile Santanderina—are reducing their carbon footprints.

Read more on Carved in Blue.

This article is one of a series on Rivet from Lenzing’s Carved in Blue denim blog. From conversations with the experts behind the mills that make some of the world’s most-wanted denim to the global brands bringing novel denim made with TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal to the market, Carved in Blue shares the stories of those whose roots run deep with denim. Visit