Kappahl – a leading Swedish fashion retailer – is gearing up to transition to a sustainable business model, as part of its ongoing transformational journey. One important goal of the retailer is to halve its absolute climate impact throughout the entire value chain by 2030.
The goal will help Kappahl reduce its total annual emissions from around 200,000 tonnes (in 2017) to 100,000 tonnes (by 2030).
“We needed to ensure that our future ambitions aligned with our climate goals. For that reason we have drawn up a climate strategy where our calculations are based on us meeting our climate goals as well as our growth targets,” revealed Elisabeth Peregi, CEO, Kappahl.
Endorsing the same, Sandra Roos, Vice President (Sustainability), Kappahl, commented that this goal is absolute and applies across the entire value chain. “Our climate goal has not been set relative to growth. An absolute goal means that we as a company have a climate budget that we have to keep within. And our growth plan can now accommodate this,” mentioned Sandra.
Kappahl’s climate goal also applies across its entire value chain – suppliers and customers alike – on top of emissions from its own operations.
“Kappahl’s own operations currently represent 7 per cent of the emissions across the entire value chain. But we feel that we in the clothing industry need to take responsibility for the entire value chain. That includes everything from the energy used in cotton cultivation, fabric production, clothing production and transportation on the supplier side of things, to us needing to support our customers to make sustainable choices and also provide efficient transport solutions,” Sandra further explained.
An intermediate goal in Kappahl’s climate strategy is to halve emissions per product by 2026. The figures in Kappahl’s latest sustainability report reveal that the average level of emissions per product is 4.3 kg CO2 equivalents (2020).