ZHDC Conference
A one day conference ‘Responsible Textile Production through Sustainable Chemicals Management’-ATIRA perspective on Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals in Textile and Allied Industry was organized by Ahmedabad Textile Industry’s Research Association (ATIRA) at ATIRA Auditorium on 26.12.2018.

Gujarat Council of Science and Technology (Gujcost), Department of Science and Technology, Government of Gujarat was co-sponsor of the conference. Ahmedabad Textile Processors Association (ATPA); Naroda Enviro Projects Ltd. (NEPL) and Rossary Biotech also co sponsored the conference.

The conference addressed the topic of present interest. It was attended by a large section of decision makers from Textile, dyes and chemical Industry. Representatives from Government, Industry associations and Environmental experts also participated. Those present were from Textile Industry like Arvind Ltd., Ashima dyecot Ltd., Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail Ltd., Bharat Vijay Mills (BVM), Bansal Textile Mills, AM. Textile, Aarvee Denims, Hemlines Textile export, Reliance Textile Division, Welspun Ltd. Etc. A large number of Industry associations like Gujarat dyestuff manufacturing association (GDMA), Textile Association of India (TAI), Ahmedabad Textile Processors Association (ATPA), Naroda Industries Association (NIA) were present. Chemical Industries was represented by many participants from Abstract chemicals, Chemistry intermediates, Lonsenkiri chemicals, Loxim industries, Mayur dyechem, Swiss formulations, Microvision, Polycon etc. There were participants from Institutes like CEE, Mahatma Gandhi Labor Institute etc.
Director, ATIRA, Shri M.N. Subramanian and Guests inaugurated the event at 10 am.

Honorable chief minister, Shri Vijay Rupani had earlier wished for success of conference. His message was read out by Ms Deepali Plawat, Dy. Director, ATIRA.

The Chief Guest Shri H.J. Vyas, IAS , Additional Industry Commissioner, Government of Gujarat congratulated ATIRA for holding conference on such important issue and informed that The Industries Commissionarate has many schemes to support Industry and Industry should ensure compliance to environmental standards.

The guest of honour, Shri Mukesh Shah,Jt. Secretary, Climate Change department, Govt. of Gujarat informed initiatives of climate change department.

Shri Shailesh Patwari, Chairman, Naroda Enviro Projects Ltd. (NEPL) described the foreseen scarcity of usable water and need to work towards it.

There were presentations from ZDHC by Shri Prasad Pant emphasizing responsible textile manufacturing through sustainable chemicals management. Mr Gautam Shah from Reliance Industries Ltd. presented sustainable textile production at Reliance.
Dr. Bharat Jain, Chairman, Gujarat Cleaner Production Centre (GCPC) talked on resource efficiency and cleaner production strategy for environment management.

Participants took a tour of ATIRA facilities of Eco lab, Calibration lab, Composite and Heat & flame labs during open house session and appreciated ATIRA’s efforts for imparting Eco friendliness.

ATIRA’s Eco lab equipped with sophisticated instruments like High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), Gas Chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS), Atomic absorption spectrophotometer (AAS) etc. is to test all parameters of restricted substances as per Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC). ATIRA is associating with ZDHC foundation, Netherlands in various capacities for Environmental Management in South East Asia and particularly in West India.
ATIRA will arrange third party testing and provide training as per ZDHC

There were 5 informative talks in post lunch session beginning with Dr. Ramesh Kumar of Welspun on responsible production through sustainable water and chemical management.
Dr. Syamal De of Atul Ltd. described conservation of precious natural resources through zero liquid discharge.
Mr. Abhishek Bansal from Arvind Mills Ltd. spoke on ZDHC implementation experience and benefits at Arvind
Dr. Mahesh Dalal, Convener of conference, ATIRA informed on ZDHC targets and third party testing.

Practical insights on Chemical Management Implementation was presented by Dr. Siva Rama Kumar Pariti from Sustainable Textile Solutions, UK.

The one day conference ended with a panel discussion and brainstorming for sustainable production.

Dr Mahesh Dalal, Convener of conference presented vote of thanks.
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