We are in the business of fashion & textiles. We are the UK voice and meeting place for suppliers of fashion & textiles providing: practical support, export advice, information exchange and a voice - to government - to retailers.
The UKFT Environment Committee is made up of representatives from accross the sector. It meet regularly to review new and proposed legislation from both the UK and Europe. Members of the Committee also regularly meet with civil servants from DECC, DEFRA and the Environment Agency. The Committee helps ensure that members of UKFT are kept abreast of all the latest requiremnets in this increasingly importanat area.
The Climate Change Levy was introduced as an energy tax payable by all business in 2001. However, some industrial sectors were offered a rebate in the Levy in return for agreeing to specific energy reduction targets. For the textile industry only the wet processing sector (dyeing, printing coating and associated drying and finishing activities) were eligible for the discount. In 2006 this was extended to include all 'dry' processing ie spinning, weaving and knitting (and other similar processes).
These two sectors remain the eligible processes for the 2012 - 2023 scheme.
The currently CCL is as follows
Coal 1.387 pence per kilo
LPG 1.137 pence per kilo
Gas 0.177 pence per kwh
Electricity 0.509 pence per kwh
Companies joining the UKFT CCL scheme will be eligible for a rebate of some 90% on the CCL on electricity and 65% on all other energy. On average companies are currently saving over £20,000 a year, but for large companies the savings can be over £100,000 a year.
If companies are eligible to join the scheme they will receive the discount from the date of joining (provided applications re submitted in a timely fashion). In order to maintain the discount companies must meet set energy reduction targets over the 10 years of the CCL scheme. These targets will have to be met every two years, and in total a 15% reduction in energy consumption per unit of production will be required.
Further informatuion on the scheme and on how to apply are in the documents below.
REACH is the EU Regulation covering the import and use of chemicals. It is a huge piece of legislation that covers the use of chemicals in almost all products, including those used in the dyeing and printing process but also chemicals that may be on garments of fabrics being imported in to the EU.
Below is a fantastic, textile and clothing industry specific guide on what REACH means to your business. It includes the UKFT's own list of restricted chemicals.
For copies of earlier versions of the UKFT REACH Briefing papers please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Ethical sourcing tries to ensure that decent minimum labour standards are met in the production of the whole range of a company's products. There are a number of schemes in place all of which have a core code of labour practice and recommendations for its implementation. UKFT is not associated with any organisation but details of bodies that have established ethical sourcing criteria are:
Ethical sourcing also requires an audit procedure to ensure that supplying factories are operating to the required level. All of the above organisations have an audit procedure.
Businesses supplying British, European and American retailers will often find that they have their own ethical sourcing policy in place.
Members may also be interested in Sedex - the Suppliers Ethical Data Exchange – which is a secure, web-based system for companies to maintain data on labour practices at production sites and make it available to their customers, in order to drive and demonstrate improvements. In short, it gives audit results which means that factories are not audited repeatedly, wasting time and money. Further details are available from:
Organic standards have developed in different countries over many years and at the moment there is no globally agreed standard or regulation on organic products. CEN, the European Standards Body, is working on the development such a Standard.
The choice of the most appropriate organic certification standard for your product will depend on your final market. A number of markets do have some regulation in place and there are also a number of standards and labels that have been developed by private organisations.
The most important regulated markets are:
EU - Regulation on Organic Production Regulation
USA - National Organic Program (NOP)
Japan - JAS Standard
Switzerland, Israel, Argentina, Australia have set up organic regulations that are considered equivalent to the Regulation (EEC) N° 2092/91.
Examples of private organic standards and labels include:
If you are thinking about developing an organic range a useful starting point as to the many various aspects of such a label is GOTS. The GOTS document was put together by various organisations and sets out requirements from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling.
Whilst we cannot endorse this document, a copy is available from the following website:
There are a number of websites where you can calculate your carbon footprint. There are also a number of schemes whereby you can agree to offset your carbon emissions. However, you should be aware that there are no globally agreed standards that back up any of the offsetting schemes and you should investigate exactly what is on offer before embarking on any such offsetting.
Many schemes when looking at carbon footprint have focused on the carbon of a product. This takes a considerable amount of effort in terms of data gathering and analysis. An initial assessment by the UKFT Environment Committee suggests companies may be better off looking at the carbon footprint of their facilities and trying to reduce that.
For an example of the work involved in a product life cycle assessment members may be interested in a Marks & Spencer report produced in 2002.Copies are available from the Marks and Spencer corporate website:
The document below, produced by the Carbon Trust, contains general definitions regarding carbon footprint as well as some good links to web sites and agencies that have defined the calculation methodology for both the single facility and more complex chain footprints.
Carbon Trust - An Introduction to Carbon Footprint