Strengthening our Efforts to Tackle Climate Change
by Melissa Fifield, Sr. Director, Sustainable Innovation
September 20, 2017
At Gap Inc., we recognize the human and environmental threat of climate change, and essential to combating that threat is moving toward a low-carbon economy. We believe that businesses have a critical role to play in this transition. That’s why we’ve been working for nearly 15 years to do our part and reduce our carbon footprint in big and small ways.
We're currently working on our goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions of our owned and operated facilities globally in half by the end of 2020. And while we have more direct control of these facilities, we've also been partnering with our suppliers, experts and others in our industry to address the energy, water and chemicals used in apparel manufacturing through programs like NRDC's Clean by Design. While we're encouraged by the progress we're making, we also recognize that future efforts must also tackle the emissions produced by our supply chain.
This week, we’ve taken an important step to strengthen our climate commitment by joining the Science Based Target (SBT) initiative, which is a partnership between CDP, the World Resources Initiative (WRI), the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the UN Global Compact – all of which are organizations helping to make real and tangible efforts to improve our climate globally.
To help develop climate solutions for global supply chains, the SBT initiative brings together more than 300 companies from across a range of global industries, including 22 from the apparel sector, which collectively contributes an estimated 10 percent of global climate emissions.
We are excited to be working with the SBT initiative to make sure our future emissions reduction goals are backed with sound climate science and help prevent the worst impacts of climate change. We, along with our partner companies in this initiative, have a chance to make a real and positive impact with these efforts, today and many years to come.
Click here to learn more about the work the SBT initiative is doing.