Centre for Environmental Standardization (PUSTANLINGHUT – MOEF) organized with The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Indonesia Cleaner Production Center (ICPC) and Indonesia Textile Association for Central Java Province conducted one day RECP socialization and Ekolabel workshop in textile & garment sector on 24th April 2019 in Semarang. About 50 participants from textile industries, textile association and textile institute in Central Java area  learned about RECP aplication and methodology, and Ekolabel scheme and practices for textile sector & garment sector.

Opening remark delivered by Mr. Noer Adi Wardojo, M.Sc, Head of Centre for Environmental Standardization and He also presented Sustainable Development Goals, Ekolabel and Green Public Procurement for Environmental Friendly Goods and Services. The SDGs impact all stakeholders (Government, Business and Community) systematically.

Centre for Environmental Standardization provided a tool called Ekolabel: an instrument for environmental management performance in order to improve environmental quality in term of production and consumption. There are two schemes of ekolabel recognitions: type I (full type) and type II (self-declaration).

Mr. Harrison, representative National Board of Indonesia Textile Association given his remark during the event. He persuaded textile & garment manufacturer to enhance global competitiveness. Environmental aspect is one of the parameter to be achieved in order to sustain in the business, he ended the remark.

Board of Indonesia Textile Association Central Java Province presented textile challenge toward industry 4.0 era. Characteristic textile & product textile is very diverse and complex from up-stream to down-stream. He emphasizes that liquid waste only occurs in dyeing, printing and finishing. Sustainable business and environmental sustainability are two aspects to be well maintained. The others points related to environmental aspect are water security, waste water management and energy efficiency.  

Mr. Dwiyarso Joko Wibowo, Center for Pulp and Paper (Balai Besar Pulp dan Kertas) presented ekolabel criteria and certification process for textile and product textile (TPT). Generally, there are two scopes   differentiated for textile product: direct skin contact and indirect skin contact.  The steps to achieve ekolabel certificate: audit to conformity assessment criteria, evaluation report, certificate issuance.

Mr. Setyo Prabowo, Environment and Forestry Agency Central Java Agency related to environment protection and management (Perlindungan dan Pengelolaan Lingkungan Hidup, PPLH). PPLH is systematic and integrated approach to conserve environment and protect environmental impact. He conveyed PPLH approach from planning, utilizing, controlling, maintaining, supervising and law enforcement at the end. In order to achieve that goal, ministry of environment have tool call PROPER which is a performance indicator on environmental aspect.

In the afternoon session, Mr. Salil Dutt (Chief Technical Advisor of United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO) presented Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) and its benefit for Environmental, Economic and Social Management. RECP is integrated and continued application of preventive environmental practices and total productivity techniques to process, products, and services to increase efficiency and reduce risks to humans and environment. The journey to success through RECP assessment, housekeeping and associated low cost improvement and RECP though technology upgrade and investment.

Ekolabel practices presented by PT Gistex which already implemented and ekolabel certified. PT Gistex have highly commuted to product quality, environment, health & safety and energy efficiency. Applying ekolabel logo on their product is a strategic decision for PT Gistex to enhance brand image and provide strong platform for sustainable improvement. At least, there are 4 benefits by applying ecolabel: increase production efficiency, increase customer satisfaction, increase global competitiveness, positive brand image, and keep moving on environmental innovation.

RECP implementation presented by Rahmawati, Sustainability Manager of PT Hop Lun Semarang. PT Hop Lun Semarang established in 2010.  PT Hop Lun produce apparel for international brand including H&M (our partner in RECP implementation). RECP project activities: training & workshop, collect baseline, assessment, generation option and implementation, maintain and follow up. Generation option have been implemented and followed up: monitoring compressed air leakage, optimize pressure from 6.5 to 4.5 bars, install motion detector, change fluorescent to LED lamp, install lamp electrical switch in sewing production, increase day light usage with photocell sensor control, replace conventional sewing to high efficiency motor, change lighting house with reflector material, rainwater harvesting.

In the closing session, Mrs. Nurmayanti on behalf of PUSTANLINGHUT emphasized that we need close collaboration between all stakeholder to aware and improve environmental impact. RECP and Ekolabel are tools to achieve companies’ goal. So, follow up is needed and very important.

The second day, 25th April 2019 we (MoEF, UNIDO, ICPC, BBPK) visited to PT Hop Lun. Mr. Allen Qin, General Manager PT Hop Lun Semarang welcomed our visit. Mr. Tri Mey Diandono, Human Resources Manager PT Hop Lun Semarang presented their company profile. Ms. Rahmawati added fabric material mostly imported from China and left over material to be considered. During the discussion, Mr. Noer Adi Wardojo emphasized on left over material (secondary material). He said secondary material actually good quality and could be utilized for small scale enterprises (UMKM) surrounding PT Hop Lun Semarang to support economic growth and also reduce environmental impact.

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