Government instructs textile sector to create roadmap to cutting pollution
The central government has identified the textiles sector as a high emission intensity industry and instructed it to formulate a plan to reduce both emission intensity and carbon dioxide by 2030.
“The roadmap would include ways to adapt to protect communities and natural habitats, especially the ones threatened by climate chance,” a government official told ET Bureau. “Carbon dioxide reduction targets and respective measures to achieve these targets would be a key feature of this roadmap to improve the sustainability of textile production.”
The initiative is also intended to help India achieve its target of carbon neutrality by 2050 in order to keep global warming below +1.5 degrees celsius. The global clothing and textiles industry is a major polluter and contributes between 6% and 8% of total carbon emissions in the world. In India, the garment industry relies on the use of coal and natural gas for both electricity and heat production and this has a high carbon footprint.
The government made its decision following an inter-ministerial committee meeting which took place in June. The government also identified the transport industry as a high-level polluter which also pertains to logistics transport for retailers and e-commerce businesses.
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