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Activity-based Water Footprint Modelling of Textile Manufacturing Processes

The project objective is to develop an Activity-based Water-Footprint Modelling (AWFM) in order to understand water-footprint of each manufacturing process in the textile industry. This AWFM can formulate specific and measurable targets with respect to water-footprint reduction, with special attention to areas where problems of water usage and pollution are most critical. Based on the findings, actual improvements will be demonstrated and can lead to a competitive advantage. In this project, the manufacturing processes of textile dyeing, printing and finishing will be dissected into activity-based water-footprint constituting modules, then to measure, gather, analyze and disclose the activity-based water-footprints of the final products. A customized computer program will be developed to analyze and report water-footprints exclusively for dyeing, printing and finishing processes from fresh water to polluted water, but the modelling itself will also be applicable to other sectors of the textile industry. In endeavor to collect accurate data, this project will set up a water-footprint data collection and monitoring system throughout the pilot factory. The gathered data will then be input to the software. This innovative and practical approach, together with the comprehensive measurement of water consumption will allow maximal flexibility and cost effectiveness in water-footprint disclosure that fits the characteristics and demand of the current trend of the textile industry. (For more details, please refer to Annex No. 1-I)The project objective is to develop an Activity-based Water-Footprint Modelling (AWFM) in order to understand water-footprint of each manufacturing process in the textile industry. This AWFM can formulate specific and measurable targets with respect to water-footprint reduction, with special attention to areas where problems of water usage and pollution are most critical. Based on the findings, actual improvements will be demonstrated and can lead to a competitive advantage. In this project, the manufacturing processes of textile dyeing, printing and finishing will be dissected into activity-based water-footprint constituting modules, then to measure, gather, analyze and disclose the activity-based water-footprints of the final products. A customized computer program will be developed to analyze and report water-footprints exclusively for dyeing, printing and finishing processes from fresh water to polluted water, but the modelling itself will also be applicable to other sectors of the textile industry. In endeavor to collect accurate data, this project will set up a water-footprint data collection and monitoring system throughout the pilot factory. The gathered data will then be input to the software. This innovative and practical approach, together with the comprehensive measurement of water consumption will allow maximal flexibility and cost effectiveness in water-footprint disclosure that fits the characteristics and demand of the current trend of the textile industry. (For more details, please refer to Annex No. 1-I)

Commercialisation Opportunity
Project No. (ITC) ITP/032/14TP
Project Type Platform
Project Co-ordinator Prof. YEUNG Philip Kwok-wing
Research Institute Clothing Industry Training Authority
ITF Amount HK$ 4,071,000
Start Date DD/MM/YY 2014-11-01
Completion Date DD/MM/YY 2017-04-30
Sponsors
AMERICAN & EFIRD (HK) LIMITED
Esquel Enterprises Limited
Hojet Industry Limited
Hong Kong Xiangde Trade Co. Ltd.
Joint Sensor Instruments (HK) Limited
Novetex Textiles Limited
Wavelane Technology Limited
IP Number
2018R11S329976
172354A, 172355A