Condé Nast to become carbon neutral by 2030
Condé Nast, the global fashion media company owning brands like Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Wired, Architectural Digest, Condé Nast Traveler, and La Cucina Italiana has announced today its commitment towards becoming carbon neutral by 2030 as this would be part of the next phase of its global sustainability strategy.
This commitment towards carbon neutrality is in line with the United Nation’s 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report which recommended that global emissions needed to reach net-zero by 2050 in order to keep global warming from exceeding 1.5-degrees Celcius.
The company is targeted towards initiating its decarbonization journey by achieving a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 10% reduction in print and digital supply chain emissions by the end of 2021 by assessing its supply chain and operations.
The assessment made from its supply chain in 2018 revealed that the company generated almost 350,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, of which 92% of it was from its supply chain necessitating the company’s decision to achieving the 10% reduction in its supply chain emissions.
The Global Chief Operating Officer and President of Condé Nast, Wolfang Blau in a press release today stated that the health of people, their businesses and the planet were all intertwined and that the credibility of their environmental journalism was dependent on the willingness of their company to improve its own operations and supply chains in ways that would significantly reduce its carbon footprint and waste.
In collaboration with the Center for Sustainable Fashion at London College of Fashion and contributions from Vogue’s editors-in-chief across the globe, the company has also launched a Sustainable Fashion Glossary which is targeted towards achieving sustainability and ensuring regenerative agriculture.
The objective of the Sustainability Fashion Glossary is to strengthen and develop sustainability education by the provision of an authoritative guide on over 250 key terms and emerging topics on sustainability.
The Glossary will be featuring very vital topics like transparency, carbon offsetting, and biodiversity which are the major present challenges of the fashion industry and it would serve as a new resource to help outline the role of the fashion industry in combatting the climate emergency.
It would also help to showcase new examples of sustainable fashion.
The glossary is now available online and will be regularly updated with new key terms as conversations arise within the fashion industry.
As part of its pledge to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, the “New Plastic Economy Global Commitment”, the company is also dedicated to sourcing 100% sustainability papers certified by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) by the end of 2021. They are also committed to the removal of all fossil-based and non-recycling plastic packaging from its publications by 2025.
In December 2018, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) launched the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action and Condé Nast became the first media company to sign this charter in 2019 following which other brands like Burberry, Stella McCartney, and H&M also signed.
The Chanel brand is also dedicated to achieving a 50% reduction of its carbon emissions by 2030 under the new 1.5-degree celsius set of sustainability targets.
Burberry is also dedicated to achieving a 95% reduction in its operational emissions by 2022 with a plan to create a regeneration fund to support a new portfolio of carbon in-setting projects which are aimed at delivering regenerative agricultural practices across its supply chain.
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