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Project to help textiles industry achieve sustainability
Oct '11
Assist Asia, a non-profit organisation based in Philippines has launched a project under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode for helping textiles, garment and leather (TGL) industries in Vietnam achieve sustainability.

The project – the Conservation Project on Environmental Resources in Viet Nam (Conserv) – is being implemented by Assist Asia and is co-funded by Puma, a sport and lifestyle company and Deg, a KfW banking Group member.

The 17-month long project is mainly aimed at contributing to sustainable development in Vietnam by enhancing its resource efficiency and effluent management in TGL units by awareness generation and capacity enhancement.

Pursuant to the project, a public awareness drive would be launched by the Stakeholder Forums to provide a general idea regarding the benefits of the projects to the participating firms. Industry experts and senior officials of the TGL sector have been called to join the Forums.

The project will assist the textile, garment and leather factories to curtail their emissions of greenhouse gases and ensure availability of natural resources while moderating the risks from effluents and pollution.

In developing nations like Vietnam, there is a significant potential to minimize energy usage and pollution per unit of industrial output. It would also lead to a reduction in the ecological footprint as a whole while enhancing production efficiency and competitiveness.

According to Assist Asia, over the next few years, Vietnam too, like other emerging economies, would be confronted with the challenge of attaining equilibrium between social equity, economic development and environmental concerns.

Moreover, as Vietnam would intensify its efforts to draw foreign direct investments, it would become vital for the country to develop links between growth and environmental sustenance.

A rise of 14 percent per annum is being noted in industrial activities in Vietnam, with some of the industries registering a growth of as high as 100 percent over the past few years.

The prospects for the country for achieving economic efficiency and ecological conservation in TGL industries include strengthening operational productivity, industrial upgradation through introduction of latest technologies, and adopting better work practices.

Textiles, garment and leather are the key industry sectors that majorly attribute to ecological filth and greenhouse gas emissions in Vietnam. These industries have significant ability to preserve resources like energy and water by adhering to resource-efficiency exercises, and achieving global standards like ISO 50000 and others laid down by organizations like UNDP and UNIDO.

TGL producers, which also include Puma's suppliers, would be backed by the PPP project and help the producers meet their sustainability goals with reference to environment protection, enhancing productivity and human development.

As stated by Assist Asia, the objective of the PPP project is to bring Vietnam's TGL industries in concurrence with global standards and sound ecological conservation practices.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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