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ZDHC launches new tool to help suppliers reduce environmental impacts

YarnsandFibers News Bureau 2021-12-24 09:46:52 – Netherlands

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) has announced the launch of a new tool - the Resource Efficiency Module (REM), which it claims will help the textile and footwear industries reduce negative environmental impacts.

The new REM tool, which was launched in collaboration with the Implementation HUB, intends to assist the sector in reducing its impacts in areas such as greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change, water scarcity, and pollution.

According to ZDHC and Implementation HUB, the value chain offers the most chances for development in the textile and leather industries. Supply chains give the most leverage to minimize ecological footprints and achieve sustainability targets, according to Higg or CDP reporting, but there are few tools available to really support the change. ‍

This is why the REM has been formally launched on the Supplier Platform by the Implementation HUB.

ZDHC says that by systematically adopting resource efficiency measures, simple, cost-effective methods can minimize energy, water, and chemical use by as much as 65 percent.

Suppliers can use the tool to assess their environmental performance, identify areas for improvement, and put in place steps to preserve resources and improve efficiency. They can also track resource use, as well as initiatives and savings, to help them accomplish ambitious, science-based reduction targets.

Based on revised CPI2 content, suppliers complete a self-evaluation specific to their facility type and operations. They are then given over 300 practical recommendations for improving performance based on a methodical study, clear instructions, and a well-structured management procedure. In addition, the Resource Efficiency Module allows facilities to track their resource usage. Electrical energy, thermal energy, water (to be launched), and chemicals can all be recorded in these facilities (to be launched). CO2e emissions are automatically computed and can be reported to brands.

The REM makes progress and data reporting easier, faster, more flexible, and less expensive. According to ZDHC, it also promotes better ESG-driven decision-making and spotlights ongoing facility improvement by providing hands-on implementation help and chances to track efficiency gains. ‍

ZDHC clarifies CPI2 was a global industry program aiming at reducing the environmental impact of manufacturing facilities in supply chains. The CPI2 online platform assisted suppliers in reducing their usage of energy, water, and chemicals by providing precise recommendations and hands-on assistance.

The Resource Efficiency Module (REM) on the supplier platform now includes the CPI2 methodology. It was renovated, and new features were introduced based on lessons learned during CPI2's nearly ten-year lifespan.

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