HONG KONG - Textile giant Central Textiles has released its 2010 Sustainability Report which as well as outlining the steps taken to improve its energy efficiency and reduce its water usage, also outlines future plans for helping reduce the group’s overall carbon footprint.
Based in Hong Kong but with several facilities also in China, Central’s third sustainability report, which complies with the G3 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), explains how the company has completed its carbon footprint baselining project giving it the platform upon which to set carbon intensity reduction targets going forward and help it align with China’s goal of 40-45% carbon intensity reduction by 2020.
To quantify the environmental impacts of sustainability measures taken and operations’ impacts so far, the corporate carbon accounting study was conducted in collaboration with RESET Carbon, a carbon management company in 2010 to calculate and to understand Central’s current and past energy use and the corporate carbon footprint.
The study should help Central to assess its energy performance such as categorizing current energy use by fuel type, operating division, facility, product line, identifying of high performing facilities for recognition and replicable practices, prioritizing poor performing facilities for immediate improvement.
“We need to continue in our efforts in sustainability,” explained Pat-Nie Woo, director, head of sustainable development, Central Textiles. “It will soon not only be a matter of having a competitive edge, it will become a tool for survival. “We have also done a great deal in the water front, where we have commenced recycling water in our finishing plant, as well as finally receiving appropriate funding from Cotton Incorporated and Hong Kong Productivity Council for our water and dyestuff recycling.”
Other notable achievements in 2010 included a Hong Kong Award for Environmental Excellence (HKAEE) Certificate of Merit, and the Hang Seng Pearl River Delta Environmental Awards, Green Medal. Central was also one of the pilot run mills that participated in Beta Phase 1 of the Outdoor Industry Association’s Eco-Index.