The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has developed PaCT Portal, a web tool to help calculate resource consumption in Bangladesh’s readymade garments (RMG) industry. This initiative comes as IFC-led Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT II) enters its third year with eight partners working together to reduce the environmental impact of the sector.
IFC is a member of the World Bank Group.
The data-driven monitoring software will provide real-time analytics for RMG factories, helping them in their efforts to improve use of resources like water and energy, according to an IFC press release.
“The textile industry in Bangladesh continues to be a priority for IFC,” said Wendy Werner, IFC country manager for Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.
“Through programs like PaCT, we hope to contribute towards improving sector competitiveness by promoting resource efficiency through innovative ways and evolving with global trends,” she said.
The portal was launched at the PaCT annual meet held in Dhaka recently, where panel discussions focused on issues such as low-carbon opportunities in the textile industry. Panelists also highlighted how emerging consumer behaviour and choice are now shaping the global apparel market.
Supported by Denmark, Australia, and the Netherlands, PaCT’s multi-stakeholder partnership has already helped the industry save 25 billion litres of water and 2.5 million megawatt hours of energy annually.
Launched in 2018, PaCT II works with 132 factories to adopt state-of-the-art efficiency and reduce water, energy, and chemical use to meet global standards.
Five textile brands—VF Corp, PUMA, Levi Strauss & Co, TESCO, and GAP—have partnered with the PaCT program. Jeanologia, Radiant Alliance and EMKAY are the technology providers, while Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) is the implementing partner.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (DS)