Beijing, the first city in the world to complete ambitious sustainability initiative by Inditex 

by Textile Quotient News Desk
22 May 2019

China has more than 600 Inditex Group stores, all of which are eco-efficient, and its capital Beijing has 57 stores. Inditex’s Chairman and CEO, Pablo Isla, recently met Beijing’s Mayor, Jining Chen and told him about the Group’s eco-efficient store programme in Beijing, the first city in the world to complete this ambitious sustainability initiative, which saved 46 million kWh since 2015.

Inditex’s chief executive also described other sustainability initiatives being pursued by the organisation at present, all along its value chain, singling out the important progress being made on the circular economy and garment recycling fronts. Pablo Isla has just signed an agreement in Beijing with the vice president of Tsinghua University, Bin Yang, to “research, raise awareness and provide community support for sustainable social development practices”, whose goal is to foster the pursuit of global sustainability initiatives.

The Chairman and CEO of Inditex, Pablo Isla analysed the recent culmination of execution of the Group’s eco-efficiency store plan in China, the first country in the world to complete this technologically advanced programme, which delivers emissions and energy savings of up to 30% compared to conventional stores.

The eco-efficient store programme consists of the installation of a centralized measurement-based technology system which permits control over all of the store devices so as to align consumption with needs that evolve over the course of the day and depending on the weather. Lighting intensity, for example, can be automatically dimmed when there is more natural light or if only needed outside of trading hours.

Pablo Isla also informed Mayor Chen about the rollout across the city of the scheme for collecting used clothing when delivering online orders and the Closing the Loop programme for the collection of second-hand clothing in the Group’s stores in Beijing and in another 180 stores around China, an initiative it is working on with the China Environmental Protection Foundation (CEPF), China’s first NGO dedicated to environmental protection and an organisation that enjoys consultative status to the United Nations.  In total, the Group has already collected over 850,000 garments in China. The Inditex Group’s garment reuse and recycling plan operates worldwide, currently in over 1,400 stores in 24 markets.

The chief executive reviewed the best practices identified all along the garment chain, starting with the traceability of all processes, from raw material sourcing until the end of the garment’s life cycle, where recycling and reuse processes have been introduced. With pride, he mentioned the brands’ Join Life collections, which are labelled to flag environmentally-friendly manufacturing processes in terms of raw material sourcing, biodiversity or water usage. “Last year we put 136 million Join Life garments on the market, which is 85% more than in 2017, and we expect further growth in this area, framed by our teams’ strong commitment to this initiative”, he added.

Source: Inditex Headquarters-Arteixo, Spain

 

 

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