Switch towards Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Garment Industries in Cambodia

Switch towards Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in the Garment Industries in Cambodia

Date: Oct 25, 2022

Time: 13:00 to 14:30 (KST/GM+9)


Industrial activities are a major source of air, water and land pollution, leading to illness and loss of life all over the world. According to the energy policy report, published in 1996, the global industrial sector accounts for approximately 47% of energy related carbon dioxide emissions, and significant quantities of additional greenhouse gases (GHGs) are released as industrial process gases.  

Textile industry is one of the major contributors to global economy while also polluting the environment. More than 40 million people are directly working in the sector out of which 85% are female. However, Ellen MacArthur Foundation reports that total GHG emissions from textiles in 2017 were more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined, 4-10% of global emissions. Therefore, there is a clear need for economic development and the negative impact on the environmental from garment industries.    

The garment industry in Cambodia provide income to 800,000 workers of which 80% are female, it contributes to 15% of the GDP and 80% of the value of exports. There is a pressure from consumers, pension- and insurance funds to green the sector. Also, the Brands are working hard to promote and push their factories to go clean and reduce energy and CO2 emissions. Further the EU is moving towards a circular economy requiring all manufactures to change. This might be the end of the fast fashion as we know it.  

In Cambodia, GGGI is now implementing a 4-year program supported by the EU-SCP Switch-Asia facility, providing a regulatory framework and related monitoring and verification scheme, factory audits with recommendation on how to reduce CO2, and training and designing a finance facility to accelerate factories and Energy Service Companies to access affordable finance.  

During this session we will learn more about the plans from the EU for the garment sector, the potential savings and challenges for Energy Efficiency (EE) and Renewable Energy (RE) in the garment factories and the perspective from an international Brand.

Event Agenda:

Welcome Remarks 
H.E. Ban Ki-moon, President and Chair, GGGI (video message) 
Opening Remarks
Ms. Helena Mcleod, Deputy Director-General and Head of Green Growth Planning & Implementation, GGGI 

Welcoming Remarks 
H.E. Sophalleth, Secretary of State, Ministry of Environment of the Kingdom of Cambodia
Country Presentations 

1. Planned EU Directives relevant for The Garment Sector
– Speaker: Camilla Lombard – Deputy Head of Cooperation of the European Delegation in Cambodia 

2. Switch to EE and RE in The Cambodian Garment Sector: Achievements/successes/challenges 
– Speaker: Rogier van Mansvelt, Project Lead, EU-Switch Garment  

3. Greening the Garment Industry
– Speaker: Anastacia Howe, International Garment Brand H&M  

4. Factory implemented RE/EE after audit presentation
– Speaker: Martin Bandalan PPSEC Co., Ltd. – Solar Division  
Q&A and Discussion session 
Facilitator: GGGI 

Government representative 
EU representative 
Representative from a Cambodian garment factory 
Representative from H&M
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