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UNIQUE AND SUSTAINABLE SYSTEM FOR PRODUCING GARMENTS WITHOUT WATER DISCHARGES

Reference: LIFE21-ENV-ES-LIFE-ANHIDRA/101074372 | Acronym: LIFE21-ENV-ES-LIFE ANHIDRA

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

BACKGROUND

The textile industry is responsible for large water discharges that have an environmental impact. The sector consumes 93 000 million cubic metres of water annually (4% of the total water consumption of the world). Dyeing and textile finishing processes require the most water. Around 150 000 million garments are manufactured annually, producing 17 500 and 50 000 million cubic metres of wastewater. It is responsible for 19-56% of the total water consumption in the textile industry. Nearly one-third (30%) of the textile manufacturing industry is located in Europe. Technical solutions are available to reduce the high demand of for water.

The textile industry is also one of the most chemically intensive sectors, using more than 8 000 chemicals. The finishing processes use enzymes, softeners, resins and dyes, some of which are listed as emerging pollutants in the Directive (2008/105/EC). Most of them are disposed in the wastewater effluent, affecting chemical oxygen demand, biological oxygen demand, colour and conductivity. The wastewater also contains fibres and microfibres (plastic fibres smaller than 5 mm) that also have a negative environmental impact.


OBJECTIVES

The LIFE ANHIDRA project aims to reduce water discharges from textile finishing industry by up to 98% by re-using process water, thus saving resources and protecting the environment. The project will demonstrate water re-use in industrial washing machines over 60 days of operation, saving up to 21 000 m3 during this period and 123 408 m3 annually. This closed-loop process will reduce water consumption by 92% and energy use by 15%.


RESULTS

Expected results:

  • The technology patented internationally with a high potential for replication across the world;
  • Drawing up of a business plan for the technology, with its expected implementation at 36 facilities within three years of the end of the project and at least 100 facilities within within five years, leading to water savings of up to 12.34 million m3/year;
  • Installation of finishing textile facilities in locations with shortages of water or with high restrictions on dumping large volumes of wastewater, thanks to project technology; and
  • Recovery of textile fibres commonly present in wastewater, with new valorisation processess defined.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE DATA


Reference: LIFE21-ENV-ES-LIFE-ANHIDRA/101074372
Acronym: LIFE21-ENV-ES-LIFE ANHIDRA
Start Date: 01/09/2022
End Date: 28/02/2025
Total Eligible Budget: 2,103,250 €
EU Contribution: 1,256,812 €

CONTACT DETAILS


Coordinating Beneficiary: JEANOLOGIA SL
Legal Status: PRIVATE
Address: RONDA GUILLERMO MARCONI 12-14, 46980, Paterna,
Contact Person: Enrique SILLA VIDAL
Email: Send Email
Website: Visit Website


LIFE Project Map

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES ADDRESSED

THEMES

  • Textiles - Clothing
  • Water saving
  • Waste water treatment
  • Savings

KEYWORDS

  • waste water treatment
  • textile industry
  • water reuse
  • water saving
  • waste water reduction
  • contaminants of emerging concern (CEC)
  • industrial waste water

TARGET EU LEGISLATION

  • Directive 2000/60 - Framework for Community action in the field of water policy (23.10.2000)
  • Directive 2006/118 - Protection of groundwater against pollution and deterioration (12.12.2006)
  • Directive 2008/105 - Environmental quality standards in the field of water policy (16.12.2008)
  • Directive 91/271 - Urban waste water treatment (21.05.1991)
  • Directive 2013/39/EU amending Directives 2000/60/EC and 2008/105/EC as regards priority substances in the field of water policy (12.08.2013), 2008/105/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 December 2008 on environmental quality standards in the field of water policy, amending and subsequently repealing Council Directives 82/176/EEC, 83/513/EEC, 84/156/EEC, 84/491/EEC, 86/280/EEC and amending Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council
  • Directive 2008/56 - Framework for community action in the field of marine environmental policy (Marine Strategy Framework Directive) (17.06.2008)
  • Regulation (EU) 2020/741 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 May 2020 on minimum requirements for water reuse (5.6.2020)
  • Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (Text with EEA relevance) (05.05.2019.)
  • Regulation 2019/1021 on persistent organic pollutants (20 June 2019) – recast of Regulation 850/2004
  • Regulation (EC) No 648/2004 - Detergents (31.03.2004)
  • Directive 2012/27 - Energy efficiency (25.10.2012)

BENEFICIARIES

Name Type
JEANOLOGIA SL Coordinator
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LA INDUSTRIA TEXTIL Participant
PIZARRO SA Participant