150 Olympic swimming pools, electricity to turn on 19.662 televisions for a year and 2.629.000 USD in savings. These are the improvements that have been achieved with the first 3 mills that take part in the Mill Optimization pilot program.
The Mill Optimization program, one of the components of the Race to the Top program, includes projects around energy efficiency, air emissions and wastewater effluent treatment for textile mills and laundries.
The pilot, which started over the summer in 2016 aims for environmental impact and proves that significant returns can be reaped by those advancing toward sustainable manufacturing practices. The mills reported huge savings around water, electricity, coal, wood and natural gas. On average, these sustainability investments have a return on investment of 1,5 year. Total of electricity saved is 983.109kwh. The total water savings for the 3 mills combined is 375.039m3.
“We are seeing great opportunities for mills committed to moving towards more sustainable sourcing practices. For example, the mills in the pilot are installing circular production models, reusing their water from dyeing and cooling processes and are upgrading their technology, which saves costs and overall greenhouse gas emissions”, explains Sibbe Krol, Apparel program manager at IDH, the Sustainable Trade Initiative.
The Mill Optimization program is currently on-boarding additional mills and laundries into the program.