Water Footprint Network and the C&A Foundation will convene a session entitled “Improving our waters: innovation in the textile supply chain industry” at this year’s World Water Week event, which will focus on water and waste.
The textile industry is globally ranked as the second largest polluter after the oil industry. A large share of that pollution ends up in water, which makes it unfit for other uses and leads to severe consequences on human health and ecosystems. This session will present state of the art initiatives and highlight innovations transforming the textile industry’s impact on the quality of water resources. Case studies will describe the sector’s sustainability journey and inspire by means of interactive discussion on the many lessons learned. It will offer valuable insights for all sectors interested in water stewardship.
As part of the seminar “Opportunities and limits to water pollution regulations”, Water Footprint Network will explore how our work with the UK Environment Agency showed how Water Footprint Assessment can provide a basis for regulatory reform at the catchment level. We will demonstrate how using a common metric for water quality and quantity management can lead to integration across surface and groundwater, scarcity and pollution. We will also explore the next steps that need to be taken to manage water resources sustainably now and into the future.
As part of the seminar “Water and Waste Management: The case of the textile industry”, Water Footprint Network will present how Water Footprint Assessment of polyester and viscose fibres, field cotton and washing, dyeing and finishing mills shows that the grey water footprint represents the largest share of the textile industry’s water footprint and often lands in areas already suffering from poor water quality. We will outline how the textile industry can significantly contribute to the reduction of water pollution by adopting better practices and processes without compromising production.
World Water Week has issued a call for engagement in this year’s event. Find out how you can get involved here.
Programme details will be available soon.
Registration will open in April 2017.