The EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy - Webinar | Sustainable Fashion Academy

Webinar: October 2021

The EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy - How Do We Ensure Ambitious Climate Action Is Central to Upcoming Legislation?

With COP 26 fast approaching and a pioneering EU Sustainable Textiles Strategy in the making, it is crucial to discuss how to ensure ambitious climate action is prioritised in the coming EU Textiles Strategy. In this webinar you can hear climate experts, members of the European Commission and DG Environment, as well as company representatives, climate finance experts, and NGOs discuss how to ensure climate action is central to upcoming legislation.

Webinar Objectives:

  • Highlight where and how the upcoming strategy and potential legislation addresses climate action, directly or indirectly.
  • Identify gaps, opportunities and solutions to ensure ambitious climate action is central to legislation.

This webinar was organised by Members of Parliament Alice Bah Kuhnke and Delara Burkhardt as well as The Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA).

 

Webinar material

 

Webinar recording

Video recording of the webinar - view recording

 

Slide presentations and reports

Michael Sadowski - The Climate Impact of Apparel - view presentation

Roadmap to Net Zero - Delivering Science-based Targets in the Apparel Sector (WRI, AII) - view report

Lars Fogh Mortensen - Climate Impacts from Textile Consumption in the EU - view presentation

Paola Migliorini - Circular Economy Action Plan - view presentation

Ryan Gaines, Rogier Van Mazijk - Climate Finance - view presentation

Michael Schragger - EU Sustainable Textile Strategy - 8 points for consideration - view opinion piece

Program

 

Welcome & Scene setting

  • Alice Bah Kuhnke, MEP, Green Party, Sweden
  • Mike Schragger, Executive Director, SFA; Director, The Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA)

 

The climate impact of apparel and textiles: What do we know and where is it happening?

  • A Global Perspective - Michael Sadowski, Research Consultant to World Resources Institute
  • A European Union Perspective - Lars Mortensen, Circular Economy, Consumption and Production Expert, European Environmental Agency

 

How does the current proposal for EU Textile Strategy incorporate climate action, and where does more need to be done?

  • Paola Migliorini, Deputy Head of Unit, DG Environment, European Commission
  • Christos Kyriatzis, Senior Expert, DG Grow, European Commission

With reflections from:

  • Emily Macintosh, Policy Officer for Textiles, European Environmental Bureau
  • Baptiste Carriere-Pradal, Chair, Policy Hub - Circularity for Apparel & Footwear

 

Climate Financing: How much money is needed and how can the upcoming legislation enable sufficient investment?

  • Ryan Gaines, Director of Finance, Apparel Impact Institute
  • Rogier van Mazijk, Investment Director, Fashion for Good

With reflections from:

  • Christos Kyriatzis, Senior Expert, DG Grow, European Commission

 

What do European companies, including SMEs, need to be able to invest in climate action and achieve their climate goals?

  • Peter Andersson, CFO, Kappahl
  • Oscar von Konow, Co-founder, Deputy CEO, COO, Na-Kd
  • Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Head of Sustainability, Lindex
  • Pernilla Halldin, Co-Chair, Policy Group, UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action

 

Next Steps

  • Delara Burkhardt, MEP, Social Democratic Party (SPD), Germany
  • Mike Schragger, Executive Director, SFA; Director, The Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA)

Alice Bah Kuhnke
MEP, Green Party, Sweden

Delara Burkhardt
MEP, Social Democratic Party (SPD), Germany

Mike Schragger
Executive Director, SFA
Director, The Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA)

 

Alice Bah Kuhnke and the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Green New Deal

Alice Bah Kuhnke is a member of the European Parliament from Sweden and vice-chair of the Greens/EFA party group. At the Parliament, she is also co-chair of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Green New Deal, which brings together MEPs from different political groups. In this capacity she has launched a policy initiative with the objective to add ambition and provide input to the forthcoming EU Textile Strategy, and regularly engages with stakeholders and the Commission to find an effective path forward for the fashion sector in the much-needed green and just transition.

 

Delara Burkhardt

Delara Burkhardt is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), based in Kiel, in the very North of Germany. In 2019 she became the youngest German MEP. As a member of the European Parliament’s committee on the environment, she works mainly on climate and biodiversity protection and the circular economy. She is also the spokeswoman on environmental policies for the SPD delegation in the European Parliament. Before becoming a Member of the European Parliament, she was Vice-President of the SPD’s youth organisation (Jusos) and worked in the project management of a Hamburg-based communications agency. She studied social sciences and socio-economy in Kiel and Hamburg.

 

About STICA

To contribute to halving emissions by 2030, leading NGO The Sustainable Fashion Academy (SFA) launched The Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA). STICA’s aim is to support apparel and textile companies, as well as the entire Nordic apparel and textile industry, to reduce its climate impacts in line with the 1.5°C pathway while strengthening its global competitiveness. Ultimately, STICA’s aim is to ensure Sweden and the Nordic region do more than their share well before 2050. STICA believes this is the only way to avert a climate crisis.

To find out more about STICA, visit http://www.sustainablefashionacademy.org/stica and read STICA’s latest progress report here.