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Ludhiana textile cluster turns green
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Jun '10
The fifth of June is celebrated as “World Environment Day” across the world. The industrial textile cluster in Ludhiana, a city located in the north Indian state of Punjab too is going green with a vengeance. This is in complete contrast to the environmental degradation which has taken place over the last few years with little respect for environmental laws.

Industries in the textile city are investing non-conventional sources of energy, water-treatment plants and also using eco-friendly processes in order to retain and win new overseas clients. Oswal Woolen Mills, a division of the $550 million diversified Nahar Group has set up a rice-husk based electric generation unit which will reduce green-house effects at a cost of more than Rs 10 million.

There are some companies who are churning out organic clothing made from eco-friendly raw materials like organic cotton and vegetable or herbal dyes. While other textile companies have set up water treatment plants to reuse the retreated water for internal consumption and thereby avoid ground water depletion in the region.

Fibre2fashion spoke exclusively to Mr Sandeep Jain, Executive Director of Oswal Woolen Mills to learn about the initiatives taken by their group company towards environmental protection.

He said, “Oswal Woolen Mills Ltd (OWML) has its own cogeneration power facility which involves generation of electricity and steam for captive consumption. The 3.5 MW project is based on rice husk which is a 'carbon neutral fuel', instead of conventional non-renewable fuels like coal. This project indirectly helps in reducing power deficit in state and conserve natural resources like coal”.

When asked about the gains from using alternative feedstocks, “He replied by saying, “Keeping up with policy of sustainable future and its obligation towards environmental and socio economic well being, OWML, instead of opting for coal based generation facility opted for 'green fuel' rice husk which is abundant in the state of Punjab.

“The project substitutes the electricity requirement from grid by cogeneration scheme thereby eliminating the generation of equal quantum of electricity using conventional fuel feeding the state grid thus conserving coal and other non-renewable natural recourses. Also rice husk being a carbon neutral fuel mitigates the emission of Green House Gases (CO2).”

He concluded by saying, “The project is also registered for Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) under the UNFCCC charter which is working towards reducing the carbon emissions globally”.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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