Sustainable Water Resource Management (SWAR)

With co-financing from Sida, a programme introducing Sustainable WAter Resource (SWAR) Management for textile industries in Delhi and Jaipur is implemented by Indiska, KappAhl, and Lindex, 39 of their Indian suppliers and sub-suppliers, and the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI).

SIWI is tasked with the overall project management, and contributes with policy research, outreach efforts and reporting. SIWI and the buying companies have formed a Management Group (MG) that meets regularly over the course of the project to plan and monitor implementation in close touch with the Indian consultant, cKinetics. The consultant’s role is to identify saving opportunities, build capacities, and provide technical assistance to the Indian factories throughout the programme.

The model that this project works on showcases opportunities for resource-savings, which lead to increased profitability margins. The participating units will then receive training and technical sup-port to achieve such savings on both the short- and long-term.

The SWAR programme involves 16 factories in the National Capital Region of Delhi, of which seven dyeing and printing and nine garment units; the factories are spread out over an area of 2,000 km2. In Rajasthan, the Jaipur Integrated Texcraft Park Ltd (JITP or ‘Jaipur Bloc’) is a new and aspiring state-of-the-art textile park set up some 25 km outside Jaipur with support from the Government of India’s ‘Scheme for Integrated Textile Parks’.

As members of the JITP, 13 hand-block printing factories and four partly new and relatively small dyeing factories have signed up to the SWAR programme (the JITP also counts as a SWAR unit). These are prepared to move and start operating as soon as all due consents are in place and the Park officially opened (tentatively in September); some block printing units are however already in full swing. The Park and its facilities being new, assessments, baseline figures, systems for tracking and measuring resource consumption, equipment and savings advice and targets all look different compared with the Delhi factories. The programme is hence divided into four different segments: Delhi dyeing units; Delhi garment units; Jaipur dyeing units; and Jaipur block print units, respectively. These have by necessity been treated differently along with the diverge conditions and needs applying to them.

Both the financing and technical models of this programme have so far received significant attention in Sweden, India and internationally.

Project Info

  • Project Team: Rami Abdelrahman, Jenny Grönwall
  • Partners: Indiska, KappAhl, Lindex and 39 of their suppliers and sub-suppliers in Delhi and Jaipur.
  • Consultant: cKinetics
  • Co-financed by: project partners and Sida.
  • Timeline: 2013-2014