Yogesh Gaikwad, SDC’s Business Manager, ASEAN Region, takes a look at the challenges and opportunities around ‘zero discharge’.
Where is the dyeing and processing industry heading? Are we going to be ‘eco- friendly’ or ‘economy friendly’? Only time shall establish it. Recently the Environment Ministry has proposed effluent norms which the Textile Ministry of India has most certainly termed ‘stringent’ and raised concerns and issues associated with its implementation. (PTI 31st Dec 2015). The proposal is to mandate all textile units to reduce their effluent discharge to zero. How big is the challenge? Is it impossible? Well this surely requires deliberations among the key players of the small, medium and large wet processing industries. At the same time it provides an excellent opportunity to execute projects that deliver ‘zero discharge’.