Delay in adopting water sustainability both financially & environmentally costly
A concerted and collective effort from textile businesses and the Indian government is key to address the issue of water stewardship in the textile sector. Fibre2Fashion asks industry experts to share their views on collaborative measures that can boost sustainability in the textile industry.
There are several ways in which governments and industry can collaborate. But first I would like to highlight the need for better implementation and enforcement of existing policies -- I think that will achieve better results than forming new policies. Stable policies are also important for businesses to make better investment decisions. Businesses can be supported through more awareness programmes and workshops about water saving and water efficient techniques. Technology compendiums can be prepared and shared with the industry. Then again, an area of collaboration is collection and maintenance of regular data on water consumption, use and discharge. Suitable programmes can then be designed with desired solutions and technologies. I think that there can be aspirational benchmarks or targets that the industry, experts and government can jointly set for water use efficiency. I would like to reiterate that targets should be supported through suitable incentives and easy availability of required knowledge and finance.
The government and the textile sector can both play their part in managing water better. The industry must be proactive in adopting latest technology and conserve water; they must not wait for strict regulations to force changes upon them. Any delay in adopting water sustainability will be both financially and environmentally costly. The government, in consultation with the industry, should set viable targets and incentives for the private sector to transition their processes. Zero liquid discharge (ZLD) plants can be mandated for new textile parks and freshwater consumption should be minimised. Major schemes such as the PLI Scheme, announced recently for the 13 sectors including textiles, should be leveraged to include water sustainability goals to avail benefits. There are several programmes that have facilitated wider adoption of cleaner energy and energy efficiency solutions. These programmes have required concerted action from government, businesses, international organisations and financers amongst others. There is immense scope to design similar programmes focused on sustainable water use in the apparel and textile sector.
Published on: 21/07/2021
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