Apparel industry giant PVH Corp. – owner of brands such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Speedo – has joined RE100, committing to source 100% renewable electricity by 2030 with an interim target of 50% by 2025.
RE100 is a global corporate leadership initiative led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP. It now brings together more than 140 businesses accelerating the demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy across the globe by committing to power their own operations with electricity from renewable sources.
Welcoming PVH to the initiative, Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group said: “By joining RE100 and transitioning to 100% renewable electricity, PVH is taking a lead on sustainable clothing. With some of the best-known names in fashion – such as Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger and Speedo – all covered by this commitment, there is no doubt that going ‘all in’ on renewable electricity is the future of the apparel industry, bolstering brand reputation and delivering the sustainable approach that consumers increasingly want to see.”
Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and CEO, PVH Corp., said “Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. As a leader in the apparel industry, we believe that we have a responsibility to limit our environmental impact and support cleaner energy alternatives, and mitigate the negative impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.”
Leadership aligned with science
PVH is not only joining RE100 but, but has also announced its commitment to setting science-based targets designed to keep its greenhouse gas reduction aligned with worldwide efforts to limit global warming to well below 2˚C.
“Joining RE100 and the Science Based Targets Initiative are important – and meaningful - steps in our ongoing sustainability journey, leading us toward a circular, low-carbon economy”, said Emanuel Chirico.
“In the coming years and beyond, we will continue to use our role in the industry to strengthen and grow our partnerships, change workplaces for the better, enhance local communities and protect our shared environment.”
A key moment to step up
PVH’s announcement comes just ahead of Climate Week NYC, the time and place where the world gathers to showcase amazing climate action and discusses how to do more.
Taking place between September 24-30, 2018, in New York City, Climate Week NYC is one of the key summits in the international calendar and has been driving climate action forward since it was first launched by The Climate Group in 2009.
On September 25, RE100 members will gather to share their stories of sourcing 100% renewable electricity and new corporate action announcements are expected.