It’s no secret that fashion is a dirty business and fabric production can take a toll on the environment, using massive amounts of water and energy on a daily basis and emitting high levels of carbon dioxide.
Tougher regulations are on the way in Taiwan, where textile mills are among the country’s heaviest users of energy. The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) last week revealed that starting next year it would impose mandatory caps across the industry in an effort to curb energy consumption on the factory floor.
According to China Post, a draft regulation claims the mandatory energy-saving measures could conserve up to 40 million liters of oil each year in textile mills alone.
In addition, the guidelines include rules governing water and steam’s temperatures, as well as stipulations on plant evaporators’ and condensers’ water outflow. A tax cut will be given to companies that invest in renewable energy or renovate buildings to reduce overall energy consumption. Businesses that fail to comply, however, will be fined.