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KARACHI: Speakers called for decarbonisation of the country’s textile sector at a workshop that the WWF-Pakistan held in collaboration with the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Facility at a hotel on Thursday.

“Technology acquisition from developed countries is essential for the sustainability, growth and competitiveness of the textile industry of Pakistan,” the chief guest, former vice president of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KCCI) Shamsul Islam Khan, told the participants.

He called for introducing innovative and climate-friendly production methods that would reduce environmental footprint, mitigate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and improve workers’ living conditions.

“Making of value-added textile products can help Pakistan earn more foreign exchange through exports to the US and European markets,” he said.

During the workshop, speakers spoke about the progress made in first phase of the NAMA Project, which was aimed at greening of the textile value chain through GHG reductions in their facilities.

Participants were informed that a working group had been established under the Ministry of Climate Change and the deliberations of the technical and financial sub-committees were under way.

They were also told that there was a need for productivity enhancement and efficiency improvement in order to bring about business competitiveness and sustainability in the entire business operations in letter and spirit.

The representatives of the industry lauded the efforts of WWF-Pakistan and showed keen interest in the project. They committed to promoting and executing the suggested interventions in their industry to bring energy and resource efficiency in their value chains.

This project is supported by the NAMA Facility on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities, the European Union and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022

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