DATE: 15 June 2021
TIME: 11:00 a.m. - 12 :00 p.m. CEST
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is implementing a three-year project funded by the European Union (EU) to promote innovative business practices and economic models in the textile value chain. The project has five components. Two components have global reach and three components will focus on national implementation in three countries in Africa where textiles is a key economic sector and where companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), are part of multinational value chains (for example exporting towards the European market). Technical intermediaries from three countries (Kenya, South Africa, and Tunisia) are UNEP’s partners implementing the three components that have national focus.
As part of UNEP’s work on global value chains, the InTex project will be officially launched to further UNEP’s work with partners in the textiles sector. Building on the UNEP report “Sustainability and Circularity in the Textile Value Chain. Global Stocktaking”, and its upcoming roadmap for sustainability and circularity in the textile value chain, the InTex project will provide an assessment of the potential of sustainable economic models to support the transition to sustainable consumption and production in the textiles value chain. It will further secure long-term access and interoperability of life cycle assessment databases globally. At national level, the InTex project will build the capacity of UNEP’s three partners in Africa to support SMEs in their local textile sectors on both UNEP’s eco-innovation approach, and the European Union’s Product Environmental Footprint methodology. Working with both the SMEs, governments, and other value chain stakeholders, this represents a powerful opportunity to build on the increasing importance of the textile sector to local economies as well as share innovative methodologies to create more resource-efficient, resilient, and internationally competitive SMEs.
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For more information about the InTex project: https://www.unenvironment.org/intex
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