Carbon Emissions: Standards

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 4th October 2019.

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Photo of Darren Jones Darren Jones Labour, Bristol North West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, with reference to the Environmental Audit Committee report, Fixing Fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability, published on 19 February, HC 1952, if she will make an assessment of the recommendations of that report in light of the Government's commitment to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases to net zero by 2050.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Government will take forward the commitments in our Resources and Waste Strategy to develop the best mix of policy measures to reduce the environmental impacts of clothing. We will take account of the UK’s commitments under the Paris Agreement and Climate Change Act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Reducing carbon emissions has been a core part of voluntary industry action to date through the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan, supported by Defra, through which signatories have reduced their carbon emissions per tonne of clothing by 11.9% between 2012 and 2017.

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