60% of industrialists in this sector have invested in renewable energy, according to CAMTEX.

Textile companies in El Salvador are advancing actions to reduce the carbon footprint they produce. According to the Chamber of the Textile, Clothing and Free Trade Zones Industry of El Salvador (Camtex), 60% of entrepreneurs in the sector use and have invested in renewable energy for their operation.

The institution indicated, through a statement, that 43% of companies promote decarbonization programs and 13% execute initiatives that seek to directly reduce carbon emissions in their early stages.

“83% of companies participate in global compliance programs required by large buyers, our clients,” said the chamber's executive director, Patricia Figueroa.

Camtex notes that the industry seeks to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions in the medium term.

Figueroa assured that the textile and clothing industry has advanced in El Salvador. The sector's commitment is to contribute to the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to below two degrees Celsius.

“To achieve this goal, countries will need to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050.”


Patricia Figueroa
Director of Camtex

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) indicates that each year 93,000 billion cubic meters of water are used to manufacture clothing in the world.

In addition, making a pair of pants can require up to 7,500 liters of water.

Camtex assures that the sector has worked to invest resources for better responsible wastewater management, environmental strategies, as well as social transparency and social compliance programs.

“Decarbonization is achieved through the implementation of efficiency technologies and low-carbon energy sources,” said the project manager of the Peterson firm, Andrea Amador.

The sector - which provides employment to more than 78,000 people a year, and where more than half of these are women - is committed to promoting initiatives aimed at reducing the carbon footprint and protecting the environment with the aim of forming a most competitive profile at an international level.