The symposium on “integrated best available wastewater management in the textile sector” was held in Shanghai, China on 27th November 2019. It was co-hosted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Partnership for Sustainable Textiles (PST), University of Stuttgart, University of Tongji and TÜV Rheinland and attended by more than 150 participants from industry associations, academics, textile processing enterprises, retailers, brands as well as authorities from regional and local level. The symposium focused on wastewater discharge related environmental problems in the textile wet processing industry and on the increasing global water scarcity, as well as the available solutions on the outlined problems.
Water discharged from textile finishing causes severe environmental problems. In fact, all inorganic and most of the organic (more than 90 %) chemical compounds are discharged with wastewater, which makes it the dominating emission. Therefore, reducing or recycling textile wastewater is of great importance.
The one-day symposium included six main parts, focusing on textile industry today, the minimisation of water consumption, chemical treatment techniques, energy efficiency, cost-saving and implementation of measures and buyers support to improve sustainability in the production. The event gave detailed information in terms of academic research, an overview on brands initiatives, factory practices, national policies, regional trends as well as successful local solutions on wastewater management for textile suppliers across the region.
As a follow up, 15 presentations and 3 videos were shared with the participants after the Symposium.
For more information, please check the agenda and speaker brouchure here.
You can also check more information via this link on twitter https://twitter.com/Textilbuendnis/status/1200364631673450497?s=20