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ZURICH – Luxury fashion brand Gucci and US consultants Textile Exchange purchased carbon credits which a new investigation claims were based on “concocted data.” Both worked with South Pole, the climate consultancy now at the centre of a controversy amid claims it vastly over-estimated rates of deforestation at a flagship Zimbabwean project.

Textile Exchange worked with South Pole to claim carbon neutrality at its 2019 annual conference in Vancouver. South Pole calculated the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint of the event with a view to off-setting impacts by investing in projects which covered forestry and wildlife protection as well as renewable energy.

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