09:04 | 31/05/2019 Industry
(VEN) - The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) are developing a project titled “Greening Vietnam’s textile sector through improving water management and energy sustainability”.
The project is expected to make the Vietnamese textile industry sustainable and more environment-friendly. It is being implemented from 2018 to 2020 with a vision to transforming the textile and apparel sector through its participation in environmental management policies.
The project is focused on improving water and energy efficiency in the textile sector in order to minimize its environmental impact. It encourages manufacturers’ participation in collective actions to promote sustainable production. One important target of the project is influencing Vietnamese textile investors to implement more sustainable practices.
WWF-Greater Mekong Representative Marc Goichot said, “For WWF, greening the textile sector in Vietnam is also a means to achieve our wider goal of addressing river governance and energy sustainability, which are top global environmental concerns.” He added that in the long run, WWF wants to see factories, industrial zones and other important elements of the sector come together to deal with risks and impacts beyond their fences and more responsibly manage shared resource uses across the sector.
Vietnam currently exports textiles and garments to four major markets: the US, the EU, Japan and the Republic of Korea, while at the same time promoting exports to new markets such as China, Russia, Canada and Australia. However, Vietnamese textiles and garments have to compete fiercely with products of other countries in price and environmental standards.
Energy efficiency and emission reduction requirements are the toughest trade barriers for the Vietnamese textile and garment sector. The carbon label regulations applied by major markets such as the US and the EU allow the import of only textile and garment products, the manufacture of which meets carbon emission requirements.
“Studies show that the textile and garment sector currently accounts for 11 percent of total demand for energy of all industries and discharges about five million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. The Vietnamese textile and garment sector is one of the world’s largest energy consumers. Its expenditure on energy is equivalent to all other expenses required for production. Nearly 200 companies in this sector are major sources of emissions, with the amount of energy consumption being 1,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. Most domestic textile and garment companies have been aware of importers’ carbon label requirements,” Marc Goichot said.
With its experience, WWF believes the project can help Vietnam create positive changes in the textile and garment sector.