As part of the collaborative initiative with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on ‘Roadmap for a Sustainable Textile Hub in India’, Centre for Environment Education (CEE) in partnership with World Resources Institute (WRI) India and the Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) as Knowledge Partners, is organizing a Textile Innovation Mela, on November 21, 2022, in Surat. The mela aims to foster a dialogue between industry leaders and innovators and would showcase sustainable solutions for the Surat Textile Cluster.

We invite you to share your innovations under five categories, namely Air Quality Improvement, Energy Efficiency, Solid Waste, Waste Water Treatment, and Renewable Energy.

Please find the Call for Innovators

We invite innovators to submit their applications here 

For any queries contact,
Mohit Surana

About the Project

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has collaborated with Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad to conduct a study of ways to minimize the negative environmental impacts of the Indian Textile Industry and to help develop a ‘Roadmap for Sustainable Textile Hub in India’.

This study is part of UNEP’s ongoing collaboration with the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India to promote sustainable practices of cleaner/ circular production. The textiles sector is highly significant for sustainability as it is the second largest sector of employment after agriculture.

The study is being conducted in Surat, known as the textile city of Gujarat. About 30 million meters of raw fabric and 25 million metres of processed fabric are produced in Surat daily, including manmade, natural and technical fabrics. Surat has multiple industrial clusters like Pandesara, Palsana, GIDC Sachin, Udhana, Kadodara and in the municipal area of the city, which play host to different elements of the textile value chain and other industries.

The roadmap for enhancing sustainability is proposed to be developed (and implemented) through a collaborative effort of the stakeholders and relevant organizations.

The study methodology includes a baseline survey, hotspot assessment, environment footprint assessment of Surat textile cluster, and knowledge sharing sessions to document best practices in the sector.

Based on the study, a detailed roadmap is expected to be prepared for a model Sustainable Textile Hub in Surat, which may be replicated in other textile zones of the country. The outcome of the project is also expected to draw policy recommendations for sustainable transition of the textile sector in India.

Project Launch

The project was digitally launched on the 15th of April, 2021 Mr. Kartikeya Sarabhai, Director-CEE, Mr. Atul Bagai, Head-UNEP India, and Mr U P Singh (IAS), Secretary- Ministry of Textiles, along with eminent dignitaries from the textile industry of Surat were present for the launch.

This was followed by a panel discussion where stakeholders presented their point of view, needs and aspirations.