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EMC worked with a Netherlands based consulting company, Twijnstra Gudde, contracted by the Dutch Embassy for a particular challenge in Textile Industry in Jetpur city, Gujarat. Large volumes of sarees was being processed by the printers.. The dyeing process used up huge quantities of water. Not only was this process water intensive, but was leading to high total dissolved solids because of the use of sodium silicate. Thus the degraded water quality was fit neither for people not for the process. EMC adopted a strategy to prevent pollution, minimize waste, improve competitiveness and conserve resources. Ahmedabad Textile Research Association was brought in as a partner to reduce water use and find alternatives to the salt, as part of ‘cold processes’.

EMC also investigated hot processes which involved use of a steamer. This avoided washing thereby reducing water intake. However particular shades like turquoise, did not retain their original vibrancy. Buyers in countries like Africa had to be counselled into learning the environmental impact of the original shades. EMC also considered emissions from the higher energy requirement. Thus this project exemplified upstream and downstream thinking, social aspects as well as institutional models such as a common printing centre. The project was awarded one of the best by the Dutch company.

Indo-Dutch Industrial Counseling Project on Environmental Management at Jetpur, Gujarat
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Indo-Dutch Industrial Counseling Project on Environmental Management at Jetpur, Gujarat