HONG KONG: Water discharge monitoring service launched
A new water discharge monitoring service has been introduced to help textile manufacturers eliminate pollution of waterways and demonstrate their environmental credentials.
Compliance and quality assurance specialist Bureau Veritas has launched the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals solution in response to various environmental campaigns, including a call from Greenpeace for companies to eliminate pollution from the world's waterways and stop using harmful chemicals.
Bureau Veritas says suppliers, most of which are based in Asia, must meet those commitments or risk losing valuable contracts.
The new service helps companies establish policies to tackle water pollution and environmental auditing, including taking samples for collection and testing. It also helps establish measures for continuous improvement.
As well as efforts by Greenpeace, national governments, including China, have launched chemical management plans to come up with phase-out, restriction and elimination lists by 2015. China's textile sector is one of seven industries being targeted to prevent and control chemical pollution in the country.
Dr Samuel Wong, senior director at Bureau Veritas's technical consultation office for Greater China, said: "Our new zero discharge service has been designed to help manufacturers eliminate pollution of waterways and demonstrate their environmental credentials so they can meet the needs of clients and remain part of the textiles supply chain.
"Water testing is one of the pillars of the service, with 11 priority chemicals initially targeted. To implement the service, we are able to utilise our network of specialist labs across Asia, with more to follow in the Americas and Europe."
The announcement also comes after new research released this week linked international fashion brands, including Gap Inc, H&M, Brooks Brothers and Marubeni Corporation, to a textile plant in West Java, Indonesia, that is accused of dumping industrial wastewater containing a cocktail of toxic and hazardous chemicals into a local river.
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