Efficient Use Of Energy and Water Resources For Sustainable Ready-Made Garment Sector: Comparing Cleaner Production Case Studies


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Alam Tareque

Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP)

Date Written: July 7, 2016


Bangladesh Ready Made Garment (RMG) evolved in an unplanned way. The entrepreneurs had been accused of making quick money. Bangladesh economy means RMG; therefore to maintain the economic growth, a sustainable RMG is a must. RMG sustainability requires being competitive, at the same time ethical ensuring labor rights, reducing-recycling-renewing energy and water use, and environment friendly. RMG needs doing business responsibly with a vision for 2021 for achieving the 50 billion dollar mark. This paper explored the fields of efficient use of energy and water resources, where the RMG must concentrate as a first step to sustainability. Efficient use of energy is the primary step to a renewable energy. Likewise efficient use of water is a step to eco-friendly factories which will be sustainable, too. Both natural gas and water resources are limited and have to be used in a planned way. The study analyzed case studies of Cleaner Production (CP) and Partnership for Cleaner Textile (PaCT) projects run by International Finance Corporation (IFC). One of the projects had been piloted in a washing plant at Gazipur where the author actively participated and other data of multiple case studies are collected through PaCT. Data are correlated, tested and explained following a quantitative methodology. The paper concluded that apparently the initial investment for recycling the energy and water resources seem to be high but it is not, because of significant return on investment (ROI) which is viable, and time bound. The study found the attitude, vision and leadership qualities of the business leaders are vital for implementing such projects. The paper recommends the wide adoption of PaCT projects in the RMG sector.

Keywords: RMG, Energy, Water, Leadership and Sustainability, Cleaner Textiles

Suggested Citation

Tareque, Alam, Efficient Use Of Energy and Water Resources For Sustainable Ready-Made Garment Sector: Comparing Cleaner Production Case Studies (July 7, 2016). ICBMESS, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3774119 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3774119

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