Chinese viscose producer Sateri’s mill in Fujian has been verified to comply with the European Union Best Available Techniques (EU-BAT) standard, with the remainder of its mills in the country to meet the standard’s provisions by 2023.
Verified by independent consultant Sustainable Textile Solutions (STS), a division of BluWin Limited (UK), the parameters of the standard assessed included resource utility efficiency, wastewater discharge, and air emission.
In the assessment report, STS noted that all of Sateri Fujian’s mill parameters assessed were within the range of EU-BAT limits. Notably, its energy intensity, sulphur to air, and chemical oxygen demand (COD) were well under EU-BAT norms, while the use of technologies for air emissions control means the total sulphur recovery rate is over 98%.
Sateri Fujian accounts for over 20% of Sateri’s annual total production capacity.
“Our vision is to be best-in-class in viscose fibre production. We aim to achieve a closed-loop system that optimises the return of waste to production process so as to minimise environmental impact. We commit to having all our existing mills in China voluntarily assessed against the EU-BAT standard to meet the standard’s provisions by 2023,” says Allen Zhang, president of Sateri.
Dr Siva Pariti, senior consultant of STS, adds: “The EU-BAT is specifically developed for adoption by industries in Europe. Sateri has demonstrated that it is going beyond regulatory requirements to be an early adopter in China. This is highly commendable and underscores Sateri’s position as a leading global manufacturer.”
The news comes a month after Sateri claimed to have produced a new viscose fibre regenerated from textile waste on a commercial scale.