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Global warming potential of textile services

Climate change due to emission of greenhouse gases presents a serious challenge for responsible business leaders in the 21st century. Most scientists now agree that rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases (GHGs), particularly carbon dioxide (CO2), will have a serious impact of many activities of societies and natural ecosystems around the globe. Besides an overall increase in temperature, these impacts may include more intense rainfall, storms, flooding, drought, an increasing sea level, etc..

Take the first step - Be aware of your footprint

Impact of CO2

It is recognised that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are the main agent behind changes in the earth's climate.

As a responsible industry committed to a sustainable future, we believe in maintaining a low carbon footprint.

Common methodology

The calculation of our CO2 footprint is based on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol methodology. This protocol sets the global standard for how to measure, manage, and report greenhouse gas emissions. 

Be aware of your footprintThe scope of CO2 emissions

The GHG Protocol classifies greenhouse emissions into three 'scopes'.

  1. Scope 1 emissions are direct emissions from owned or controlled sources.
  2. Scope 2 emissions are indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy.
  3. Scope 3 emissions are all indirect emissions (not included in scope 2) that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissions.

The image shows the greenhouse gas (mostly CO2) emissions for each phase of textile services. 

Download the full report 'Assessment of global warming potential of two textile services', which summarises how ETSA has used the global standard to assess its own impact on the environment.

Taking the lead together

ETSA has established a methodology for calculating the potential global warming impact of two of its main services:

Providing one worker with workwear for one year.

WorkwearA worker whose employer rents his workwear from a textile service company can expect clean clothes (typically trousers/overalls, jacket and t-shirt) to be delivered to his workplace every week of the year, and his soiled garments to be collected for laundering.

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Providing one hotel bed with linen for one

Bed linenOn average, a hotel can expect to change sheets, duvet covers, pillow covers and towels 200 times per room per year. With a rental contract, the textile service company is responsible for laundering and maintaining these textiles.

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ETSA: Representing textile rental companies

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ETSA: In partnership with suppliers of detergents, fabrics and machinery

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ETSA: Coordinating national textile service associations and working with research institutes

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