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Clean Technology and Indigenous Knowledge

Over the last 20 years industries have been constructed in an unplanned manner with little attention to environmental consequences caused by the industrial process. Neither conservation nor environmental security were not taken into account by industrialists and the   need for industrial zoning was ignored by urban planners. By far, industrial growth has primarily been on the basis of infrastructure availability like electricity, gas and road communication. As a result air, water and land pollution from industrial wastes has led to recurring consequences.

 

Environmental laws and negotiations have surfaced in 1995 and 1997 in Bangladesh, but enforcement of these laws by the industrial sector has been weak. That is why exponential growth of the textile sector in Bangladesh has resulted in adverse impacts on the environment. The Clean Technology and Sustainable Market programme is a core area at BCAS and aims to research in minimizing environmental degradation through alternate methods, health and safety of workers and catalyze the implementation of appropriate environmental laws.

 

Objective

 

To work towards minimizing environmental degradation and operation, ensure health and safety and comply with emerging stricter standards for the export based sector. 

 

Approach

 

  • To raise awareness on the importance of compliance in industries especially in textile and tannery sectors by involving stakeholders, for example civil society partners and academics
  • To enhance capacity of industries and adapt to new and cleaner production technologies
  • Assisting industries to set effluent treatment plants through training on design, operation and maintenance
  • To influence policy decisions through information dissemination, advocacy and other activities  
  • To raise awareness of the export based textile and leather industries of the stricter compliance requirements of the importing countries to ensure sustainable markets.

 

Outcomes

 

  • Achieved sustained export markets by increasing compliance and knowledge of industries on environmental laws and social aspects through the usage of Effluent Treatment Plants (ETP)
  • Policy advocacy leading to more stringent enforcement of laws
  • Raised awareness among civil society and local communities through formulation of pollution monitoring groups


Projects

  • Managing Pollution from Small Scale Industries in Bangladesh
  • Environment Impact of Textile Dyeing and Printing Industries in Bangladesh
  • Industrial Pollution Regulation Dissemination Programme
  • Water Quality Management in upper catchments of the Turag River
  • Profitable Environmental Management – emphasis on Chemical Management (PREMA – CM) – A Pollution Research in Textile Industry
  • Sector Scoping to identify Environmental Intervention Opportunities
  • ETP Solution for the Textile Washing Dyeing and Finishing Industry in Bangladesh
  • Management of Aquatic Ecosystems through Community Husbandry (MACH) Project
  • Social Compliance in Garment Industry
  • Cleaner Production & Environmental Compliance

 

Publications

 

  • Choosing an Effluent Treatment Plant
  • Alternative Production and Cost Savings in Winch-Dyeing
  • Managing and Monitoring Effluent treatment Plants
  • Choosing Appropriate Reactive Dyes for Optimal Dyeing of Cotton
  • Health and Safety in the Textile Dyeing Industry
  • Guide to the Environmental Conservation Act 1995 and Rules 1997

 

Key Personnel: Dr. Moinul Islam Sharif, Dr. Salem Monem, Engineer Mahmood

   

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