A Report on the International Conference organised by
Euratex and the European Textile Technology Platform in Brussels
The international conference “Innovation for textile resource efficiency – energy, water & materials” took place on 22 November in Brussels. It brought together experts from industry, the research and technology sector and EU policy makers. The event was coorganised by EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation and the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing, Europe’s largest expert network in the field of textile research and innovation.The objective of the event was to explore the key policy, market and technology drivers for resource efficiency, the major needs and challenges faced by companies across Europe, technological and non-technological innovation enablers as well as support policies and programmes provided by the European Union. The conference was structured in 3 plenary sessions (opening & policy issues, industry issues and wrap-up session) and 3 parallel sessions dealing respectively with the main types of resources – energy, water and materials.
Many speakers made it clear that constantly rising resource utilisation costs, tightening environmental legislation and seriously emerging market requirements for more sustainable products constantly push companies (1) to do more with less, (2) to use and re-use resources in multiple cycles and (3) to better measure, monitor and communicate their resource efficiency.