To combat climate change, Crystal International Group Limited has recently taken a number of significant steps towards working towards the group’s long-term commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030.
Of these, Crystal International’s existing rooftop solar photovoltaic system in Vietnam with a capacity of 600 kilowatts, two more factories in Vietnam, a sportswear factory, and a lifestyle garment factory have installed new solar systems on the roofs of its advanced factory buildings this year.
At the same time, 3,600 kilowatts of power can generate 31-68 percent of the energy consumption of factory buildings and reduce carbon by about 10 percent annually.
According to the Group, other factories in Vietnam and Cambodia are also following the suit and conducting the feasibility study of on-site rooftop solar photovoltaic system in order to support the Group-wide expansion plan of the rooftop solar system.
Crystal International will progressively install the on-site solar photovoltaic system in all factories whichever is operationally viable.
Citing the example, the Group informs that the lifestyle wear factory in China will start the installation next year, targeting to be completed in 2024 in three phases. Upon the installation, the factory can generate in total 3,600 kW of solar energy each year, amounting to 16 percent of the electricity consumption of the whole factory.
Catherine Chiu, General Manager of Corporate Quality & Sustainability Department said, “We see the threat of climate change and climate action will be our staunch focus in the coming years.”
By developing a long-term decarbonization strategy comprising renewable energy, energy efficiency, and appropriate offsetting in their operating countries. They hope to massively cut carbon emissions and help to mitigate climate change, she added.
To optimize the effective management of climate-related risks, Crystal International has commenced a preliminary study of Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in 2021.
Also, to identify potential climate-related risks, assess the climate change-related impacts on Crystal, as well as identify gaps during the risk management and strategic planning processes with reference to the recommendations of TCFD.
On the other hand, to equip the factory teams with relevant knowledge, Crystal factories in Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Vietnam will participate in climate action training by the GIZ FABRIC and the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.
So that, the factories will learn more about the impacts of climate change on the fashion industry, accounting for greenhouse gas emissions, and actions for mitigating the impact.