Ecological footprint as a sustainability indicator to analyze energy consumption in a textile facility - Sustainable Tech @ Work - E2expo
The main objective of this paper is to apply the ecological footprint estimation methodology as a tool to analyze the Portuguese textile industry. This analysis is related to energy and resource consumption in dyeing, printing, and finishing processes. It also includes the identification of mitigation options to increase energy efficiency, promoting at the same time the reduction of CO2 emissions and consequently the decrease in the industry’s ecological footprint.
It includes a case study on ecological footprint reduction potential for each mitigation option proposed for an important textile facility located in the North Region of Portugal. The calculation of the Ecological Footprint in the textile facilities can be used as a tool to analyze the processes’ energy efficiency and to quantify the global impact of the implementation of mitigation measures in the energy field. The result is an indicator shown in a common unit, gha (global hectare) and it can be easily used to compare energy-intensive processes and industrial sectors. In addition, it can be used to analyze how each sector can impact the country’s total demand for resources.