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InoCottonGROW – an innovative approach for reducing Water Footprint of the global cotton textile industry towards UN sustainable development goals

Project description:

Global water resources are threatened regionally by the water intensive cotton-textile production in arid and semi-arid areas. High irrigation requirement of cotton farming as well as discharge of untreated waste water from textile production plants lead to deprivation of other users due to reduced water quantities and low water quality. 

InoCottonGROW is a collaborative project of 26 partners from Germany, Pakistan and Turkey. The project aims at contributing to a sustainable water use along the cotton-textile value chain by enhancing the Water Footprint concept to a region specific management tool.

 

The current water intensity will be assessed using satellite remote sensing, field-site studies, hydrologic and hydraulic modelling, company audits and water quality monitoring. Furthermore, the implementation of efficient technologies will be demonstrated in five case studies in Pakistan along the cotton-textile value chain including cotton irrigation, textile machinery, dyes and process chemicals, suitable wastewater treatment processes and analytical instruments for water pollution monitoring. The Water Footprint will be enhanced to a management tool for supporting local decision makers in the use of scarce water resources and rising consumers’ awareness for sustainable consumption.

 

In contrast to existing Water Footprint studies using global average data, a highly spatially and temporally resolved water database will be developed in the InoCottonGROW project and region specific cause-effect chains will be modelled. This allows determining water consumption impacts on human health, ecosystems and water resources as well as evaluating effects of water saving actions on the level of particular fields.

 

The goals of the chair Sustainable Engineering include:

  • Enhancing the Water Footprint from a global information to a region specific management tool for political decision-makers, textile manufacturers and traders as well as for consumers
  • Evaluating the method’s feasibility on the regional case studies in Pakistan (and Turkey)
  • Development of an internet based Water Footprint Tool to implement project results into the cotton textile industry
  • Establishment of the scientific basis for a Water Footprint Label

 

Project website: http://inocottongrow.net/

Short project introduction: https://youtu.be/X2Oyj_dGZgA

 

 

 

Partners:

Universities and non-university research: Forschungsinstitut für Wasser- und Abfallwirtschaft an der RWTH Aachen e.V. (FIW), Hochschule Niederrhein, Forschungsinstitut für Textil und Bekleidung  (HN-FTB), IWW Rheinisch-Westfälisches Institut für Wasserforschung gGmbH (IWW-MH), Universität Würzburg, Lehrstuhl für Fernerkundung (UW), Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn, Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF), RWTH Aachen, Institut für Wasserbau und Wasserwirtschaft (RWTH-IWW), Hochschule Ruhr West (HRW)

 

Industry: Thies GmbH & Co. KG (THIES), A3 Water Solutions GmbH (A3), LAR Process Analysers AG (LAR), SEBA Hydrometrie GmbH & Co. KG (SEBA), Lippeverband (LV), CHT R. Beitlich GmbH (CHT)

 

Pakistani partners: Pakistan Textile Exporters Association (PTEA), All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), Style Textile, Sapphire Fibres Limited, Kohinoor Mills Limited, INTERLOOP Limited, Cleaner Production Institute (CPI), University of Agriculture (UAF), National Textile University (NTU), GIZ Pakistan

 

Turkey partners: Istanbul Üniversitesi Merkez Kampüsü

 

Runtime: 2017 – 2020

 

Contact:

Dr.-Ing. Markus Berger

Raum Z 202

Telefon +49 (0)30 314-25084

Telefax +49 (0)30 314-21720

E-Mail: markus.berger@tu-berlin.de

 

M.Sc. Natalia Finogenova

Raum Z 202

Telefon +49 (0)30 314-28455

Telefax +49 (0)30 314-21720

E-Mail: natalia.finogenova@tu-berlin.de

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