Reducing Your Fashion Production Energy Footprint

Stephanie Steele Sunday, 1 August 2021

In this 36 minute lesson we take a look at the ways you can reduce your energy impact and footprint across the more business areas of your chain - from the energy that your factories are using, to the architecture of your studio, what office essentials you should consider, and ways to invest ethically.

As of 2017, the share of renewable energy in total energy consumption was just 17%, yet 789 million people lack electricity without the means or infrastructure to access it via either clean or fossil-fuel derived sources. Affordable and importantly reliable energy is critical for health facilities, but as yet, 1 in 4 hospitals in some developing countries are yet to be electrified. Alongside health, access to energy has been shown to improve the education and opportunities especially of girls and women, and in general, energy connects us to one another.

So it is fortunate that the financial flows to developing countries for the implementation of renewable energy is increasing ($21.4 billion in 2017), but let's not forget that it is mostly the Global North disrupting the land in marginalised nations for extraction of fuel. Without the prevention of fossil fuel production in the first place, any move to renewable energy can be glossed over. There are solutions even a small business can implement in order to reduce the energy impact it has.

The Sustainable Development Goal targets look to 1) ensure universal access to affordable, reliable and modern energy services, 2) substantially increase the share of renewable energy in the mix, and 3) improve the energy efficiency rating globally. It is in this last target that the textile and fashion industries (and production in general) can be held accountable.

By 2030, there is the target to enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology. There is also the target to expand infrastructure and upgrade technology for supplying modern and sustainable energy services for everyone in developing countries.

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In this lesson you will learn:

  • What renewable energy is, and the different types you may need to look out for
  • Tips on reducing your impact through your investment choices
  • Advice on low impact offices and factories
  • How to address your carbon footprint

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