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German fashion brand suppliers organized ‘Climate Action Training’ in Vietnam

Global Compact Network Germany, Global Compact Network Vietnam, Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, WWF-Vietnam, WWF-Germany joined forces to develop and organize a ‘Climate Action Training’ for the textile industry in Vietnam.

Climate Action Training for German Brand Suppliers in Vietnam
Figure: Participants of the workshop. Courtesy: WWF

Five German fashion brands – Adidas, Hugo Boss, Otto Group, Puma Group, and Vaude – together with the organizers mobilized around 80 participants from 30 supplier factories for the training in Ho Chi Minh City.

The training focused on climate mitigation activities. The topics covered are greenhouse gas accounting, greenhouse gas reduction target setting, energy efficiency, and renewable energy sources.

In the beginning, the brands provided inputs on their climate strategy and underlined the high relevance to tackle their scope 3 emissions. The training introduced the first steps on how to improve energy efficiency and implement renewable energy. Practical walk-through guidelines for a textile factory were introduced and applied during working sessions. Climate target setting, e.g. science-based targets, was a concept only familiar to one participating supplier. In the future setting science-based targets might be of increasing relevance for brands and factories alike, WWF said on its website.

Discussions have shown that factories can often build upon already existing activities, especially on energy saving measures. However much more action is required in order to assess and reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly and take sustainable pathways in textile productions. Adopting renewable energies must play a key role. Factories might install rooftop solar equipment (photovoltaic – PV).

Attractive models for financing PV equipment available in Vietnam were also introduced during the training (e.g. REBA, IFC).

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