Textile sector in sustainable production drive

Lahore, All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA) has teamed up with German Academy for International Cooperation (GIZ) to set up a Sustainable Production Centre to promote energy efficiency and cleaner production technologies in member mills.

Sustainable Production Centre in Lahore will also advise textile firms on how to improve their production systems, reusing industrial wastewater, renewable energy options and capacity development.

“Even though textile is the country’s largest manufacturing sector, the industry is struggling in the face of higher energy costs and frequent power cuts,” says Seth Muhammad Akbar, vice chairman of APTMA. He hopes the collaboration will lead to a solution to the country’s prevailing energy crisis.

Ahsan Bashir, chairman of APTMA Punjab zone says a plan is underway for the treatment of around 400bn litres of reusable industrial wastewater. Seven litres of water is used to produce one square metre of fabric – and Pakistan produces 9bn square metres of finished fabrics annually, he added.

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