February 3, 2023

Copenhagen Fashion Week has shared a status update on the third and final year of its first-ever sustainability strategy, first announced in January 2020 to provide a radical new approach to driving real change within the fashion industry, while continuing to hold itself accountable and maintain transparency.

In a statement, Copenhagen Fashion Week said it had successfully met 35 of the 37 goals of the 2020-2022 sustainability action plan and met 13 of the 14 goals set for this year. However, it fell short of its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 50 percent compared to 2019, mainly because its hospitality program accounts for nearly 90 percent of total emissions.

However, Copenhagen Fashion Week has taken a number of initiatives to reduce carbon emissions, such as ensuring that guest guests from neighboring countries travel by train and by reducing the carbon emissions of the hospitality program and all other fashion week activities in collaboration with Climaider. compensate.

It has also reduced the average catering carbon footprint per guest by 77 percent, while reducing the overall catering carbon footprint by 16 percent due to more events taking place in 2022 compared to 2019, aided by only vegetarian and vegan to serve dishes. events. It has also reduced carbon emissions for printed materials by 55 percent and completely removed merchandise.

Commenting on why it failed to meet its carbon emissions target, Copenhagen Fashion Week said in its annual report: “We believe our ability to influence the global industry to accelerate its sustainability efforts is related to our position as an internationally visited and recognized fashion week. .

“As an agenda-setting fashion week whose sustainability efforts are viewed and recognized by the wider industry, Copenhagen Fashion Week has made a conscious decision not to reduce the number of international guests at our events, even though this would immediately impact our carbon footprint. significantly decrease. emissions from fewer flights and enable us to meet our initial climate target.”

Copenhagen Fashion Week shares update on sustainability action plan 2020-2022

Other key milestones of the event’s initial sustainability plan include the implementation of a zero-waste policy, including a ban on single-use materials, such as plastic bottles and cutlery, in any part of the event’s production for brands at the official show schedule and for its own events.

Copenhagen Fashion Week’s sustainability requirements were also selected by the government-funded program (Grøn Genstart) Fremtidens Tekstilkrav as a framework to train 50 SMEs in the Danish fashion and textile industry to take targeted action. That framework has also been adopted by the trade show CIFF, Norwegian Fashion Hub, the Norwegian fashion event Oslo Runway and the Icelandic Fashion Council.

also the showcase autumn/winter 2023, which takes place from January 31 to February 3, 2023, marks the first season in which all participating brands must meet 18 minimum sustainability standards to be part of the official scheme. This includes ensuring that all brands have to offset or use their show emissions to qualify for showcase.

Copenhagen Fashion Week continues with sustainability goals for 2023-2025

In 2023, Copenhagen Fashion Week says it will launch its new 2023-2025 Action Plan, which will chart a new path for the event for the next three years. The plan will build on the original sustainability plan and set new targets to “further intensify our collaboration with external stakeholders”.

Copenhagen Fashion Week added in the report: “Our vision is to continue to be an agenda-setting platform that uses its voice to accelerate sustainability efforts in the fashion industry. Copenhagen Fashion Week takes a holistic approach to sustainability by focusing on environmental and social challenges and recognizing cultural and behavioral aspects that are critical to reinventing and innovating business models over the long term.

“That is why Copenhagen Fashion Week strives to lead by example by being not only an inspiring fashion event, but also an organization that takes an integral approach to sustainability, not only for our benefit but also for the brands and partners we work with. We are excited to share our ongoing strategic sustainability efforts with you soon and hope it will inspire you to act.”

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