NEW – Partnership for Cleaner Textile Production (IFC Water PaCT) (63-B)

Bangladesh, nationwide

The textile industry is a pillar of the Bangladesh economy, accounting for about 80% of the country’s exports. However, rapid and unplanned growth of the sector imposes increasing stresses on the water environment in Dhaka, where groundwater levels decline at a rate of 2.5m/yr, and other industrial centres in Bangladesh.

Weak enforcement of groundwater licencing and effluent treatment standards has led to high rates of water use in the textile mills and discharge of toxic effluents into the surface water bodies.

The Water PaCT Bangladesh is a partnership founded to drive the wet processing textile sector in the country towards a more sustainable performance and better water and resource efficiency. The partnership is sponsored by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and numerous international apparel buyers and implemented by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Solidaridad and the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). PaCT helps individual factories identify and implement Cleaner Production (CP) measures in water, energy and chemical use in the dye house, within the factories’ utilities and effluent treatment plants (ETPs), and through housekeeping. These measures are typically low-cost and easy to implement bringing quick investment return to the factories.

Intervention features:

Industrial water management, Wastewater reuse in textile industry, Water audits, Education, Technical training and capacity building, Stakeholder engagement