Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has joined the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, an initiative convened by the UN Climate Change, according to a statement.

The Charter includes a target of 30 per cent GHG emission reduction by 2030 and a commitment to analyse and set a decarbonization pathway for the fashion industry drawing on methodologies from the science-based targets initiative, it said.

By joining this initiative, BGMEA pledges to support implementation of the principles enshrined in the fashion industry charter for climate action, in line with the goals established by the Paris Agreement of 2015.

In the statement, President of BGMEA Dr. Rubana Huq said, “The readymade garment industry of Bangladesh is steadily heading towards sustainability. By joining the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, BGMEA commits to working collaboratively with brands, suppliers and other organisations towards GHG emission reductions pathway that puts fashion industry towards a low carbon future.”

Niclas Svenningsen, Head of Global Climate Action of the UN Climate Change, said: “We welcome BGMEA to the Fashion Industry Charter family and we look forward to their leadership and contribution in inspiring manufacturers in Bangladesh and beyond, to raise climate ambition in a united effort to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.”

The Charter, which is open for other companies and organisations to join, recognises the crucial role that fashion plays on both sides of the climate equation; as a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and as a sector with multiple opportunities to reduce emissions while contributing to sustainable development.