Mar 21, 2023
Mar 21, 2023

Wastewater Management in the Textile, Footwear and Leather Industry: Challenges, Progress & the Role of Education

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Title: Wastewater Management in the Textile, Footwear and Leather Industry: Challenges, Progress & the Role of Education


The ZDHC Foundation Wastewater Guidelines and Sampling & Analysis Plan defines a single, common approach concerning wastewater discharge quality that goes beyond regulatory compliance, not only for conventional wastewater parameters but also for hazardous chemicals. Since the inception of the first version of the ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines, the ZDHC Academy has launched global unified training on Wastewater Management as well as on Wastewater & Sludge Sample Collection. 

As part of the UN 2023 Water Conference, ZDHC is hosting this session, leading brands, manufacturing suppliers, service providers & educational institutions supporting the ZDHC Academy will share their experience and explain how the industry can benefit from a globally offered, common standard and a unified capacity-building approach, specifically focusing on the challenges in water treatment. A training and capacity-building approach created, supported and rolled out throughout the industry. Together with collaborative organisations such as GIZ, WEF, IHE Delft and WWF, we will share our experience in wastewater treatment projects, improvement of standards, guidelines and capacity building. With this session, we would like to showcase and inspire you that the strength of cross-sectoral collaboration in relation to education, capacity-building and implementation can help us to reach the goal of reducing hazardous chemicals in wastewater discharge and, thereby, its impact on the environment and human health.

This session is linked to interactive dialogue 4: Water for Cooperation: Transboundary and International Water Cooperation, Cross Sectoral Cooperation, including Scientific Cooperation, and Water Across the 2030 Agenda (SDG 6.5, 6.b and SDGs 16, 17)

Recording of session:

Session Summary: view

Position Paper: download

ZDHC Academy Water Action Agenda Commitment: view

UN Conference Programme: download

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