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Levi Strauss & Co. takes steps to slash greenhouse gas emissions

 

Agence France-Presse

 /  Wed, July 3, 2019  /  03:08 am
Levi Strauss & Co. takes steps to slash greenhouse gas emissions

Levi Strauss & Co. is the latest apparel brand to get serious about sustainability goals. (Shutterstock/ThamKC)

Levi Strauss & Co. is the latest apparel brand to get serious about sustainability goals.

The denim giant has unveiled a series of science-based targets to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, as reported on its corporate blog.

The company has partnered up with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) -- to the tune of a $2.3 million cooperation agreement -- to help it achieve its new targets, which include cutting greenhouse gas emissions in its owned-and-operated facilities by 90% by the year 2025. The brand also hopes to hit targets of using 100% renewable energy in its owned-and-operated facilities, and a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across its entire global supply chain.

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The IFC will work with 42 suppliers and mills to Levi Strauss & Co. in 10 different countries, to help them identify and implement solutions for renewable energy and water conservation. The two companies previously worked together on a similar pilot program in 2017 that saw a 20% reduction in emissions.

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the IFC to help achieve our science-based climate targets and benefit our vendors and their communities," said Liz O'Neill, executive vice president, global product and supply chain at Levi Strauss & Co., in a statement. "We hope this program can also benefit others in the apparel industry and help reduce our collective footprint."

The news is the latest in a flurry of sustainability targets unveiled across the fashion industry lately. Last month saw Puma announce plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 35% by the year 2030, while Burberry and Ralph Lauren also unveiled plans to curb their environmental impact.

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