A new edition of Effluent Standards of Pollutants for Dyeing and Finishing of Textile Industry was recently issued from the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP), in which the discharge standards have been made stricter since the 1992 edition. These focus on environmental standards such as restrictions on suspended solids, COD, and pH values.
Moreover, in the 12th Five-Year plan, the central government has specific technical improvement goals for the textile industry, as written in the Technical Progress for the Textile Industry as part of the 12th Five Year Plan11 by the China Textile Industry Association (CTIA). These goals include targets to phase out inefficient and old equipment, standards for amount of freshwater used to produce each ton of fabric, and new recommendations for technologies that will reduce resource use in the industry.12 Also, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a bulletin entitled Entry Requirements for the Dyeing and Printing Industry in 2010 giving updated water and energy efficiency standards for the dyeing and printing industry.
However, as many factories still lack metering, the ability of the MIIT to enforce these new efficiency standards is questionable.
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Cleaning up the Fashion Industry (2012), Friends of Nature, Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs, Green Beagle, Environmental Protection Commonwealth Association, Nanjing Green Stone Environmental Action Network