Arvind Bags Energy Conservation Award for Third Time

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For the third time in a row, Arvind Limited, leading fashion and lifestyle company, bagged the top rank award in energy conservation and efficiency during the National Energy Conservation Awards 2016 organised by the bureau of energy efficiency (BEE), Union ministry of power. The ceremony was held on December 14, India’s National Energy Conservation Day.

The Top Rank Award recognises an industrial unit that wins the first prize for three consecutive years, and Arvind is the only textile conglomerate to reach the milestone. Competing against 43 players, Arvind clinched the first position by displaying consistent efforts towards energy conservation at its Santej plant in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

As compared to financial year 2015-16, Arvind was able to further reduce specific consumption in thermal energy by nearly 12 per cent, besides achieving 12 per cent reduction in specific electrical energy consumption. Arvind has also installed 1.30 MW roof-top solar power generation at the Santej plant – the largest of its kind in the Indian textiles industry.

“At Arvind, improving our plant’s energy efficiency has always been a focus, and we continue to invest in new technologies for sustained energy conservation. This award means a lot to the team at Arvind and we appreciate Government of India’s recognition of our plant as the most energy efficient textile unit in India for the third consecutive year,” said Susheel Kaul, CEO – lifestyle fabrics (shirting, khaki & knitwear) at Arvind.

“We were able to achieve power and thermal savings through various innovations, new technologies, continuous monitoring and all our efforts have paid off. We introduced various initiatives in our plant to conserve energy, such as mechanical vapour recompression for evaporation, polymeric multi-effect evaporation, efficient pumps, artic master on chillers, LEDs, use of renewable energy, such as day-light sheets and natural exhaust and gravity ventilations in production halls,” said Harvinder Rathee, head engineering – lifestyle fabrics (shirting, khaki & knitwear).

The award was presented by Piyush Goyal, Union minister of state, with Independent charge for power, coal, new and renewable energy, to Kaul. (KD)

*This story first appeared on Fibre2Fashion


Conversations: Fibre2Fashion and Pratibha Syntex

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The latest research trends focus on new fibres like Nettle

Pratibha Syntex, a leading name in the Indian organic cotton industry, is renowned for sustainable textile products. Its clientele covers leading global brands. The company hopes to grow internationally in a short span of time. In an interview with, Mukesh Matta, VP-Business Development and Sustainable Initiatives of Pratibha Syntex talks about the company’s expansion plans.

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What is the size of the organic farming industry in India? How much of this is held by Pratibha Syntex?

In India, organic cotton is produced over 101 million hectare. Average annual production is recorded at 222 million bales. Pratibha Syntex is engaged with around 16,000 farmers and uses around 5,000 MT of organic cotton lint per annum.

What is Pratibha’s USP?

Pratibha’s USP is responsible and responsive fashion, from farm to fabric. Pratibha considers sustainability one of its core values. Our focus is on-time delivery and we continuously work towards reducing lead times.

What sustainable solutions are followed in the Indian textile manufacturing industry? Which, according to you, are the areas of improvement?

Sustainable solutions in the Indian textile manufacturing industry are mostly material-driven. Some examples are: 1. Organic cotton, BCI and fair trade as sustainable cotton fibre 2. rPET (Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate) as manmade synthetic fibre 3. Lyocells as regenerated cellulose fibres like Tencel, Excel etc The focus should now shift to processes and practices for the next area of improvement.

How can wastage be minimised in the textile and garment manufacturing processes? What role does Pratibha play here?

The approach to reducing wastage is multi-pronged at Pratibha. We take steps like: 1. Reducing waste through shorter process cycles with low impact chemicals 2. Maximising reuse of waste during the intermediate process 3. Maximising dyeing on low-salt and salt-free methods to reduce final sludge 4. Working on the best marker efficiency by incorporating this as an integral role of the design team.

What has been the growth percentage at Pratibha Syntex over the last five years?

We have managed to sustain growth despite a challenging market. The average turnover in the last five years was around Rs 825 crore. With increasing demand of value-added products, we have introduced a range of new products. These have impacted our business positively.

Please share details of your last two fiscals and your expectations from the coming two.

We posted a turnover of Rs 828 crore and Rs 819 crore in fiscal 2014-15 and 2013-14 respectively. We are expecting a turnover of Rs 1,500 crore by 2020.

What are your latest research findings?

The latest research trends focus on new fibres like nettle, considered one of the most sustainable fibres. It consumes negligible water and grows on arid land. It is one of the best ecologically suited natural fibres and can change the future of the clothing industry. In time, I will be able to reveal more about this project.

*This story first appeared on Fibre2Fashion

Taiwan to make energy saving mandatory for textile sector

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Beginning next year, the textile industry in Taiwan will have to mandatorily take energy conservation measures, as per a directive of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), according to local media reports.
In its effort to improve Taiwan’s energy use efficiency, the MOEA has come out with a draft regulation, which if properly implemented can save up to 40,000 kilolitres of oil equivalent per year in the textile industry alone, the reports said.
Textiles is categorised as one of the heavy energy users by the MOEA under the Energy Administration Act. The ministry is planning to give a tax cut to textile companies that invest in renewable energy, or take steps to reduce the overall energy consumption.
The draft regulation includes rules governing steam’s temperatures and oxygen content. Moreover, textile manufacturers will need to keep a close watch on water outflow, water temperature, etc. (RKS)
**This post first appeared on here.

Birla Cellulose Wins ‘Challengers Award – Large Business’

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Sustainability – we often hear about this, but what does it really mean? It means changing the way we think about how we use our resources and make small changes that have a big impact on nature and community. To this cause and with a mission ‘to assist the adoption of Green Manufacturing Practices across Indian Manufacturing Companies’, Frost & Sullivan held its 2015 Edition of ‘India Sustainability Summit’ on 22nd May, 2015 at Hyatt Regency, Mumbai.

The summit started with a full day of presentations from eminent speakers across different businesses who spoke about their companies’ initiatives and vision on sustainability. This was followed by an exciting evening of awards where Birla Cellulose was awarded the ‘Challengers Award – Large Business’ in the 2015 Green Manufacturing Excellence Awards (GMEA) category.

Based on the assessments conducted at Birla Cellulose’s Kharach site and subsequently whetted by the Executive Committee of Frost & Sullivan’s Green Manufacturing Excellence Awards 2015, Birla Cellulose was awarded Challengers Award – Large Business. Mr. HK Agarwal (COO for Pulp & Fibre business and Mr. Vinay Bhalerao (Unit Head of Kharach unit) were there on the stage to be felicitated with this prestigious award for Birla Cellulose.

Mr. Gowtham S of Frost & Sullivan welcomed the guests and explained the Assessment Model and Methodology of GMEA 2015. He explained that the assessment model is realigned within four major areas and 13 parameters with each having a weightage of 100 points, totalling to 1300 points. The model also took into consideration global sustainability reporting frameworks such as the UN Global Compact. The assessment for Birla Cellulose that concluded had its basis in their GMEA Assessment Model that in turn derived its inputs from the team’s interaction with unit’s personnel, observations in the plant and documents seen/provided to them. The Kharach unit had a score of 823 for the entire facility. The parameters on which the assessment was done covered business strategy, governance & ethics, waste & emission, biodiversity, energy & water, materials, human capital, sustainability, supply chain, society and customers.

This year’s GMEA 2015 summit had an enhanced coverage of all elements of sustainability and it focused on bringing and promoting awareness among the manufacturing units across industry verticals, through best practices shared by thought leaders who are establishing the ‘Green’ mindset in their business as a means to sustainable growth. Distinguished leaders spoke on diverse topics on sustainability. The keynote speakers from Birla Cellulose were Mr. Ajay Sardana (Vice President & Head – Sustainability) and Mr. Rohan Batra (Special Projects) who spoke about Birla Cellulose’s initiatives regarding its commitment towards a sustainable company.

Mr. Batra presented on ‘Product Life Cycle Management’. He spoke about the company’s efforts regarding sustainability. He said, “By 2017, pulp and fibre business of Aditya Birla Group endeavours to become the industry leader for sustainable business practices across its global operations balancing economic growth with environmental and societal interests.” He further said that sustainable efforts at Birla Cellulose are tested through Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which assesses the environmental aspect impact associated with product, process or service. At Birla Cellulose, it is conducted from cradle to factory. He proudly said “Birla Spunshades is the most sustainable product in the market that uses a unique dyeing technique. In this dyeing technique, for 100 kg fabric, water savings are upto 70 lts/kg, effluent load is reduced by 70 per cent, power is saved upto 3.5-4.0 KW and time is saved by 6-8 hrs per batch, ultimately reducing processing costs with better production quality and profits.”

Mr. Ajay Sardana presented on ‘Employee Sustainability Initiatives’. He said, “Employees are a key driver in driving Aditya Birla’s sustainability initiatives. Our company is an exciting world of global opportunities for professional growth with human care. The way we do business is just as important as the business itself.” He concluded by saying, “For a sustainability programme to be credible and successful, the alignment, engagement and enthusiasm of employees – both managers and the workforce – is essential”.

**This post first appeared here.