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Swedish retailer H&M commits to take action on climate beyond COP26

Looking beyond the UN Climate Change Conference COP26, H&M has aligned its ambitions with the carbon-law and is committed to reducing 50 per cent of its emissions every ten years, aiming for a reduction of 56 per cent by 2030. Energy efficiency, renewable electricity and shifting towards a circular model are the main cornerstones of H&M’s climate strategy. 

“H&M’s long-term vision is a fossil-free supply chain. One step that will get us closer to our long-term goals, is that from January 2022 we will no longer onboard suppliers to our supply chain that use on-site coal-based solutions to run their facilities. We will increase our investments going forward, build knowledge, expertise and use our local presence to align not only our ambitions but also our performance with science,” H&M said in a press release.

During COP26, H&M Group announced the upcoming launch of its circular design tool, which not only aims to enable its own teams to create products fit for a circular economy but also aims to invite others to do the same. The tool has been developed with guidance from a broad range of internal and external experts and will support the realisation of Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s vision of a circular fashion industry.

Another important activity, besides reducing all unnecessary packaging – including single use plastic – and recirculating the packaging that we do need, is to prioritise the usage of post-consumer recycled content produced in factories run by renewable energy. The overall goal of H&M Group’s packaging strategy is to reduce packaging resources by 25 per cent between 2018 and 2025, the release added.

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