Cotance President Manuel Rios opened the meeting, saying: “We want that our customers and the consumers understand that the carbon footprint of a high-quality leather also reflects the technology behind, and the performance characteristics provided to the leather, that will ensure a long satisfactory use of the material. The actual environmental impact of leather depends after all on the duration of service, in which leather champions.”

The partners included Cotance and industriALL (trade union) as well as representatives from Spain (Acexpiel), Portugal (APIC), France (FFTM), Austria (FVTBSL), Hungary (MKSZ), Italy (UNIC) and Germany (VDL). The meeting also included union representatives from Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Turkey and the UK.

The meeting included updates on the project, with a focus on calculating the average carbon footprint of a square metre of leather using the industry tool Eco2L.

Cotance Secretary General Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano said: “For a layman, it is not easy to understand carbon footprint data and their environmental implications. And simply comparing one figure here with another there without the corresponding context, often leads to wrong conclusions. This is why we have put utmost care in reducing in this study the amount of information that Eco2L generates to the essentials and to provide to readers all necessary explanations.”