New Carbon and H20 Footprint Tool by Oeko-Tex

More and more companies have publicly pledged to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. To help them meet this target, Oeko-Tex launches the Impact Calculator.

To help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, the textile industry has set the target of reducing carbon emissions by 30% by 2030 through the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. Reducing carbon- and water- intensive processes holds great potential for improvement in sustainable fashion, but to achieve this, companies need reliable data.

Recognizing this need, Oeko-Tex announced the launch of its Impact Calculator. The tool aims to equip the fashion industry with the data needed to measure and quantify carbon and water usage to meet climate goals and share progress with customers.

Climate Change – the industry’s most urgent challenge

In creating the Calculator, Oeko-Tex identified more than 100 key production activities, using industry standard methodologies for product and corporate life cycle assessment, to measure and quantify carbon and water use. The calculator enables individual facilities to:

  • Identify the largest carbon and water impacts by materials used or produced, as well as by production processes.
  • Take action to improve operations and meet reduction targets.
  • Share carbon and water footprint data with customers, investors, business partners and other stakeholders.

If real-time data is available, facilities can directly enter their numbers into the tool. If data is not available, Oeko-Tex offers the best of industry averages from credible industry databases and experts. With these inputs, the tool reports their carbon and water footprint in three ways: per facility, per process step, or per 1KG of material output produced.

“Transparency is the decisive factor to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption in supply chains,” says Oeko-Tex Secretary General Georg Dieners.

“Embedding criteria for CO2 emissions and water consumption is a logical step toward even more transparency.”


About Oeko-Tex

With nearly 30 years of experience, Oeko-Tex is the world leader in enabling consumers and businesses to protect the planet through responsible action. Oeko-Tex offers standardized solutions with which customers can optimize their production process and contribute to bringing high-quality, sustainable products to market.

Currently, 21,000 manufacturers, brands and retailers in nearly 100 countries formally work with Oeko-Tex to ensure that their products are tested for possible harmful chemicals. At the same time, millions of consumers around the globe use the OEKO-TEX® labels to inform their purchasing decisions.


Photos: Petmal/iStock


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