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G-Fun bags BSI certificate for carbon footprint mitigation
Jul '11
Taiwanese textile manufacturer G-Fun Industrial Corp has been presented with the British Standards Institute (BSI) certificate for carbon footprint mitigation for eight of its products.

G-Fun, which is involved in developing water-resistant textiles for over a decade, is now an industry leader for the same and ships its products across the globe under the brand name of 'G-TEX'. Many people even claim that G-Fun holds the same importance for the textile industry as the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. holds for the integrated circuit industry.

Instituted in 1999, G-Fun has obtained the BSI PAS 2050:2008 certificates for its eight products, with the aid of the country's foremost textile R&D agency - Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI), following which the firm's products are now 'fully certified'.

This is reflective of the Taiwanese textile industry's allegiance to the sustainable development issue, which has turned into an international trend, particularly after the United Nations tagged it as a long-term mission in 2005 and after the 'National Carbon Reduction Plan' was passed.

The BSI, which was instituted as world's first Engineering Standards Committee in 1901 in London, is presently the world's biggest certification organization. The organization is actively functional in around 150 countries across the globe and till date has issued more than 70,000 ISO 9000 certificates.

Presently, PAS 2050 is the textile industry's most significant carbon footprint certification. This Certification was mainly evolved to satisfy the extensive need of the community and the industry for a reliable method to assess the life cycle greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of products and services.

Through the certification the suppliers can get an internal assessment of the life cycle of existing GHG emissions from their products and services, appraisal of alternative product configurations, raw material choices, sourcing and production methods and supplier selection based on the life cycle GHG emissions associated with products and services.

The certification serves as a yardstick for ongoing programmes intended at decreasing the emissions, and even facilitates comparative analysis of all goods and services with a commonly identified, standardized view towards life cycle GHG emissions assessment and even helps in preparation of a report on corporate responsibility.

With regards to the consumers, the certification extends a common basis for reporting and communication for life cycle greenhouse gas emissions assessment results. Also, it furthers an opportunity for inculcating a better understanding of the life cycle of GHG emissions in the consumers.

At the ceremony, BSI also inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with TTRI, making it a key partner of the British Standards Institute in Taiwan.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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