In late October, fast-fashion chain Primark announced that it had joined the United Nations’ Fashion Charter (UNFCCC) to support its net-zero ambitions and committed to reducing its own greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2030.
The clothing giant went as far as to commit to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 and said that it would double the number of products made from recycled materials this year (2020).
Consumers are and have been driving this trend for the last five years, which has forced the fashion industry to become more sustainable, creating transparent strategies that are not just ‘greenwashing’ tactics.
However, the push for net-zero is a global obligation and is not limited to the fashion world, and governments across Europe have been pushed by consumers to act in this space.
Only a few days ago, Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom announced a new 10 point plan to Build Back Greener. Dubbed ‘The Green Industrial Revolution’, the plan is expected to generate 250,000 jobs and upwards of £12 Billion investment to support Britain’s green transition.
One of the most publicised elements of the UK’s plan was that following extensive consultation with car manufacturers and sellers, the UK will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030 – a mere nine years from now, and ten years earlier than planned.
British motoring organisation RAC responded to the plans saying: “it is vital that the Government continues to invest in developing a fast, reliable and widely available network of chargers that support electric vehicle owners no matter what their circumstance or travel plans are.”
With the push to overhaul the UK’s roads, arriving much sooner than the industry had anticipated, both opportunities and challenges for consumer safety have been created.
When looking at the European Union’s rapid alert recall tables, we are yet to see any huge spikes in recalls related to electric vehicles. However, what we are sure of is that in the very near future we will begin to see notifications for charging equipment required to keep cars on the road. This is due to the fact that experts from the RAC are concerned the infrastructure won’t be ready in time and motorists will look elsewhere to make sure they have access to a charging system at home.
It is of course great news that the UK and the rest of Europe are pushing ahead with their plans to build back greener, but caution must be taken to ensure consumer safety if the infrastructure cannot keep pace with motorist needs, like reliable charging points.