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Round table discussion on "Strategic Action for Environmental Improvement in Textile Sector"


GIZ-IGEP organised a half day Round Table Discussions on July 25, 2013 at GIZ Office, Safdarjung Enclave, New Delhi. The round table was organised under the on-going “Indo German Environment Partnership” (IGEP) Programme of the Indo German Development Cooperation related to the core topics of “Environment Friendly Techniques in Selected Industry Sectors (Textile)” being initiated by the ‘Sustainable Industry Development’ component.


The participants in the discussion were representatives from Ministry of Environment and Forest, Govt. of India, Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, National Productivity Council among others from academia and R&D institutes.


Mr. Debajit Das, Technical Advisor, GIZ welcomed the participants and briefed about the background and objective of the round table discussion. In his presentation, Mr. Das highlighted the critical environmental issues identified through the baseline study (carried out by the GIZ team) and also mentioned about the available solutions, their merits and de-merits from the process implications and environmental impact mitigation point of view. References to the Best Available Techniques Reference (BREF) documents as published by European Commission were also drawn while discussing on the possible technologies. The presentation is attached.


Dr. Salahuddin, Director (SE) from MoEF suggested that these informations should be percolated to various stakeholders involved, including the policy makers. As such he sees ‘training’ on the environmental friendly technology as very important aspects in the overall dissemination and adaptation of such technology. He also informed that his division at the Minsitry has already carried out lab scale demonstration of Natural Dyes at Varanasi and the same can be promoted to take up for pilot scaling and further up-scaling to the various types of textile products to which Mr. Lalit Sharma, Technical Advisor, GIZ IGEP programme responded that this is something which GIZ would be interested to be associated as already some other pilots are also being planned at the Ahmedabad textile cluster. Dr. Salahuddin also apprised the members on the on-going ‘Cleaner Production’ schemes run by MoEF for 24 different industrial sectors. He briefed about the activities already undertaken and planned which can see synergy to GIZ programme as textile is also one of the sectors identified under the programme. Mr. Das from GIZ responded that to explore more on the integration of both the programmes, a separate meeting may be organised in which the modalities may be discussed to carry forward the process.


Mr. Harsh Thukral, Dy. Director, NPC explained that adequate planning for the pilot plants demonstration and up-scaling strategy would be very crucial in seeing the ‘Environmental Friendly Techniques’ getting up-scaled and mainstreamed and as such mapping of the various institutions involved in such activities (and those who have potential to contribute), urging them to play specific roles would go a long way in providing a definitive shape to this very important task of promoting the environmental friendly techniques in the textile sector.



Ms. Leher V. Thadani, Consultant, Ministry of Textile put up the ministries perspective and expressed that the ministry is also seriously planning to take various activities to promote green technologies in the textile sector of India.


The meeting ended with vote of thanks to the participating members. 

Presentation by Debajit Das, GIZ India