EURATEX emphasizes on energy efficiency in textile chain
“Companies across the whole textile and apparel value chain place sustainable production and higher resource efficiency at the centre of their growth strategy”, says EURATEX, an apex trade body of the European textile and clothing industry.
This explains the success of the SESEC project, whose final conference took place this week in Brussels where it brought together entrepreneurs, industry representatives, researchers, consultants and policy makers to discuss on the most profitable energy efficiency measures.
Coordinated by EURATEX, the SESEC Platform helps clothing companies to assess and introduce energy efficiency measures and developed tools to help clothing companies in understanding and reducing energy consumption.
“Energy efficiency continues to gain importance in most industries and economic sectors. The energy cost has always been a crucial element for the competitiveness of the European clothing and particularly the textile industry”, EURATEX informs.
Industrial energy efficiency measures deliver substantial benefits in addition to energy cost savings – enhancing competitiveness, profitability, production and product quality.
In his opening address, Francesco Marchi - Director General at EURATEX pointed out the relevance of energy efficiency for the sector and the goals of the ad-hoc crated ‘Energy Made-to-Measure’ campaign.
Serena Pontoglio - Directorate General for Energy at the European Commission presented the Commission’s communication on energy efficiency published in July 2014. She stressed that to reach the European 2020 target of 20% increase in energy efficiency, no additional legislation at the EU level shall be needed.
“The current task is to assure effective implementation of the existing framework since most of the EU Member States still have to fully comply with the Energy Efficiency Directive”, Dr Fabio Genoese from the Brussels-based think tank CEPS said. He provided a detailed overview of the impact of energy costs on energy intensive industries.
The SESEC partners presented ready-to-use project’s results at the conference, such as special software tools for companies to start rethinking their energy spending, use of buildings, heating system, ventilation and electricity.
Partners reported that under SESEC, some 50 companies across Europe have already been audited and/or supported to launch energy efficiency measures. Insights on business cases in Italy, Bulgaria, Romania and Portugal as well as percentage of the achieved cost-reductions were shown.
The new project Save Energy in Textile SMEs (SET) was also presented. SET will build on up the SESEC legacy, addressing energy saving measures for the textile manufacturers and will seek to support over 150 European companies until 2016. (AR)
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