Solution To The Pollution In Büyük Menderes: Clean Production

Within the scope of the project, the training for Clean Production takes place as well as technical and financial support to the projects that aim for the betterment of the textile producers. Garanti BBVA that promotes the movement, supports these transformation projects of the producers, by discounted interest rates. The bank provides the interest rate cut without using any fund from an international development bank.

Pollution in the Great Menderes has been on the agenda for many years[1], and recently a worrying scene of the mass fish deaths has been shared with the public and the issue finally came to the fore[2]. WWF - Turkey (World Wildlife Foundation) and the South Aegean Development Agency (GEKA)'s proposal comes to be clean production in the textile sector to solve this pollution. The first step taken in this regard was the "Promotion of Cleaner Production in the Textile Sector" campaign, which was launched in Denizli on 3rdof May 2018. This project unites the textile producers in the area, the global textile market, the financial institutions and the local partners for Büyük Menderes.

The global textile trademarks that implicate the criteria of sustainable production to their processes of purchase are also the supporters of the Clean Production. Within the brands that support the movement by underlining the importance of clean production in order for the producers to protect their global competition power. Boyner Group, H&M, and Inditex as well. The pioneer companies of Clean Production in the area such as Akürün, Altınbaşak, Aslıteks, Ata Tekstil, Doksan Tekstil, Ekpen Tekstil ve Gamateks, also participated in to the meetings of the project.

 

Why Denizli? Why Textile Sector?

 

The general secretary assistance of GEKA, Mr. Özgür Akdoğan, who gave a speech in the launching meeting in Denizli, has expressed the challenges that the textile sector is facing, with these words: "The 50% of the 3.5 billion dollars industrial export in Büyük Menderes Basin, is provided by textile. 10 companies from the Turkey's 500 greatest companies are located in Denizli, which is the center of the reservoir industry. This city that provides the 80% of the reservoir export, is at the 8th place on the range of Turkey's export ranking. However, the textile sector, as almost every sector, is also facing the water problems."

Mr, Akdoğan, who mentioned the essentiality of the diffusion of Clean Project in Denizli and Turkey, continues : "The textile sector, is particularly in a sensitive position, by its high amount of water usage in the chemical process and dye. The resource productivity in the supply chain is prioritized for many international buyers. Considering these aspects, we find it essential to widespread the Clean Production in Denizli, since it also protects the market.

 

By means of this model that will set an example for Turkey, '10 million Euro of saving will be possible with 12 million Euro of investment'

 

By taking the floor from Mr. Akdoğan, WWF-Turkey general director Aslıhan Pasinli  emphasized that they aim a greater transformation that will inspire all the sector, reservoir, and the World, by this step taken in Denizli. Pasinli also remarked that, with this project, they aim to reveal a model that will be an example to Turkey: "We believe that every great transformation starts with a small action, and together, everything is possible. Our target is to reveal a model that will be an example to Turkey by mediating the transition to Clean Production in the textile sector, however, protecting the sectoral competition as well as providing the economic sustainability. The protection of internationally important Bafa Lake and Büyük Menderes Delta can only be achieved this way. With the investment that will reach to 12 million Euro, it is possible to provide savings of water, energy, and chemicals up to 20%. It is predicted that the payback of the investment that will be made, in a duration of 1 to 3 years.

 

What is clean production?

Cleaner production, less water and chemical usage in production, energy efficiency and reducing the amount of generated solid wastes and wastewater, as well as a variety of applications for each firm that provides economic benefits as well as different applications.

Benefits of Clean Production Applications to Textile Firms are:

  • Efficiency in welding,
  • Decrease in production and waste management costs,
  • Compliance with environmental laws, regulations and relevant national strategies,
  • Meeting the relevant expectations of international brands,
  • Increasing brand values,
  • To be able to benefit from the financial resources of national and international financial institutions,
  • Can be summarized as industry 4.0 and compliance with digitalization processes.

 

[1]http://www.radikal.com.tr/aydin-haber/buyuk-menderes-nehrindeki-kirlilik-iddialari-1456031/

[2]https://www.wwf.org.tr/?7740/buyuk-menderesteki-toplu-balik-olumleri

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