The second edition of the Partnership for Clean Textile (PaCT II) campaign has concluded its first year with seven organisations joining it along with the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA). PaCT II, International Finance Corporation's multi-stakeholder partnership to drive sustainability in Bangladesh's textile sector, aims to work with more than 200 factories to adopt state-of-the-art efficiency and cleaner production practices to reduce water, energy, and chemical use across the textile value chain.
Five apparel companies, VF Corp, PUMA, Levi Strauss & Co, TESCO and GAP and two technology providers Jeanologia and Omera Solar have joined the campaign. Started in January 2018, with support from the governments of Denmark, Australia and the Netherlands, the PaCT II seeks to save 10.9 billion litres of water and 1.3 million megawatt hours of energy every year. In the process, there will be 241,160 tonnes of green-house gases and 10,000 tonne of chemical use avoided every year.
The successful first edition of the PaCT, which ran from 2013 to 2017, helped save 21.6 billion litres of water every year, which is the average annual water use for 840,000 people in Bangladesh.