Crystal International Group Limited, which produces apparel for five product segments—lifestyle, denim, intimates, sweater and sportswear/outdoor—in five countries, announced new net zero goals for 2050.
The Crystal Net Zero 2050 Vision is the company’s long-term commitment to integrate net zero practices in line with the climate science to keep global warming below 1.5°C by 2050. Practices are being applied to daily operations, while the company ramps up its decarbonization actions.
The vision serves as a roadmap that includes the “enhancement of productivity and energy efficiency, augmenting the use of on-site renewable energy, and exploring opportunities for both off-site renewable energy resources and new green technologies.”
All 18 Crystal factories in Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will have their own carbon reduction target and specifically defined decarbonization measures required to achieve the climate goals within a clear timetable.
In 2020, the company joined the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, a United Nations-spearheaded initiative that aims to unify the fashion industry in achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. A year later, it beta tested a carbon footprint calculator to track the carbon emissions of a single denim product throughout the entire denim manufacturing process, including garment sewing, washing and finishing.
“The challenges are high, but we have an opportunity to save our world by changing the way we work and collaborate,” said Andrew Lo, Crystal International CEO. “We encourage joint efforts in mitigating climate change and hope more experts, industry peers, and other stakeholders, who share similar climate visions, would join hands with us to establish high ambition in its own areas to support carbon reduction.”
Crystal International set the interim target of reducing 35 percent aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, aligning with a science-based target approach. It has submitted its net zero commitment to Science Based Targets initiatives (SBTi).
The Crystal Net Zero 2050 Vision builds on the company’s climate journey which began in 2007 when it established five-year sustainability targets. Now in their third cycle, Crystal reports that the targets have led it to reduce its carbon footprint per product by 40 percent.