Can the footwear industry be carbon neutral by 2050?

Can the footwear industry be carbon neutral by 2050?
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Sustainability is becoming more of a real concern for businesses and inhabitants of this world. However, some claim this is just a fashion trend or a marketing tool. The European Union aims to be climate-neutral by 2050, with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions. With this in mind, The World Footwear Business Survey asked to international experts to evaluate this carbon-neutrality objective regarding the footwear business in their countries. Half of the respondents don’t believe that will happen by 2050.

“More than a third of our respondents believe this target is going to be achieved by 2050, while 30% expect it to take longer to be reached. However, 20% of our experts consider that the footwear industry cannot achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by itself”, says the publication.

34% – It will be achieved by 2050
16% – It will be achieved sooner than 2050
30% – It will take longer to achive
20% – The footwear business by itself, cannot have net-zero greenhouse gas emission

About the survey

In 2019 the World Footwear has created the World Footwear’ expert panel and is now conducting a Business Conditions Survey every semester.

The objective of the World Footwear Experts Panel Survey is to collect information regarding the current business conditions within the worldwide footwear markets and then to redistribute such information in a way it will provide an accurate overview of the situation of the global footwear industry.

The fifth edition of this online survey was conducted during the month of October 2021. We have obtained 122 valid answers, 43% coming from Europe, 30% from Asia, 13% and 7% from North and South America, respectively, 6% from Africa and 1% from Oceania. Half of respondents are involved in footwear manufacturing (manufacturers) – 31% – or footwear trade and distribution (traders) – 19% – and the other half in other footwear-related activities such as trade associations, consultancy, journalism, etc. (others).