Tailored For Sustainability Success: TAL Apparel Receives SBTi Approval

We are delighted to announce that TAL Apparel Ltd has received SBTi approval for its near and long-term emission reduction targets. The approval marks a positive step forward for the Textile & Apparel industry, which has been historically hindered by environmental concerns and the operational complexity of global supply chains.

TAL Apparel commits to reaching net-zero GHG emissions across the value chain by 2050. It commits to reducing absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 90% by 2050 from a 2018 base year, and absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services, employee commuting, and downstream transportation and distribution 90% within the same timeframe. Operationally, their GHG reduction strategy for reducing scope 3 emissions focuses on supporting their supply chain partners to achieve their own scope 1 and 2 reductions.

The recent IPCC reports is clear; there needs to be a dramatic reduction in GHG emissions in the near-term to have any chance of keeping global warming below 1.5°C. In-line with this mandate, TAL Apparel’s near-term commitments are to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 50.4% by 2030 from a 2018 base year, and to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions from purchased goods and services 30% within the same timeframe.

Having worked with TAL Apparel throughout the development and validation process, RESET’s team in Hong Kong is thrilled at the SBTi approval milestone. The process was unique in that it required submitting TAL’s SBTi target during the transition phase, meaning verification work needed to align with new requirements — an intensive yet ultimately fruitful effort.

Delman Lee, Vice Chair of TAL Apparel shares, “We appreciate RESET’s support during the SBT validation process from the pre-work, submission, and validation process. The team provided expert guidance at each step. The target is set! But execution is more important, and TAL has already begun executing our climate reduction roadmap to achieve this ambitious target.”

We join with TAL Apparel in urging industry colleagues in the Textile & Apparel sector to make meaningful steps away from environmentally costly operations and toward a cleaner, greener future.

See here for TAL Apparel’s full press release. For organisations seeking support with the SBTi validation process, get in touch with our team here.