Adopting energy conservation practices in Tirupur textile cluster - recommendations and way forward - Projects
Updated : October 2020
Energy efficiency opportunities play a major role in textile industries to reduce the costs and process emissions. This article explains in detail the energy audits carried out by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in association with Winrock International at the Tirupur textile cluster in Tamil Nadu. The cluster comprises about 3200 small and medium textile units using cotton as raw material and producing a range of end products not exclusive to t-shirts, innerwear and ladies wear. The study analyzes various energy-efficient measures comprising both existing in the cluster and additional opportunities. Measures to reduce waste generation and GHG emission control, cost-benefit analysis and energy savings data have also been provided.
Through detailed energy use and technology audit studies, existing fuel consumption pattern and operating efficiencies of the processes were analysed. Based on the analyses, various energy efficient measures across the processes were recommended to the cluster substantiated by data on related cost and energy savings. The study shows that adoption of energy efficient measures in the cluster is limited and restricted to select technologies owing to lack of awareness and economic challenges. Hence, demonstration projects would enable more SMEs in the cluster to adopt sustainable methods in the short term.