Our three priority areas when it comes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Varner is one of the companies that map emissions. The figures are used to establish insight-based reduction targets, which in turn show how much the company contributes to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Varner has identified three priority areas for its initiatives:
- Preferred materials
The materials we use account for approximately 56% of Varner’s overall emissions. This area is therefore a high priority when it comes to reduction initiatives.
“Materials that require fewer resources to manufacture the final product have lower emissions and a smaller environmental footprint. Examples of preferred materials include recycled cotton, recycled polyester and Eco Vero viscose,” says Dipankar.
- Energy-efficiency measures at direct suppliers
The factories that manufacture clothing account for 34% of Varner’s overall emissions. Varner has greater influence on the factories that produce garments – the direct suppliers – than the factories that manufacture yarn or textiles for example.
“We work on energy-efficiency measures and promoting a shift towards clean energy sources at the factories that produce our clothes. If, for example, a factory relies on fossil fuels such as coal, we investigate the option of running the factory on solar energy or the possibilities of buying green electricity from the local grid,” Dipankar explains, before adding:
“Switching to renewable energy at all factories is a challenging task. We depend on the authorities in the manufacturing countries supporting the industry and the crucial changes in the transition.
- Transport, energy consumption at retail outlets and packaging
The remaining 10% of the overall emissions arise from transport, energy consumption at retail outlets and packaging. The focus is on reducing the overall energy consumption and increasing the proportion of clean, renewable energy.
“Varner’s environmental specialists are negotiating with carriers to switch to increasingly environmentally friendly fuels and, for a long time, our policy has been to prioritise maritime transport ahead of air, which is always the last resort. We also choose rail transport ahead of road transport,” the expert explains, before adding:
“When it comes to emissions from retail outlets, these are highly efficient and lower than in many countries, but we are still looking at the possibilities of switching to fully certified clean energy sources. We are also working on initiatives to reduce the footprint from packaging,” the expert adds.
Would you like to know how Varner works with clothing production, the environment and sustainability? In the Varner Sustainability Report 2022 you will find everything you need to know and then some.
You can also send an email directly to [email protected] if there’s anything else you’d like to know about how we work with sustainability.