Northumbria University and LUMS, in collaboration with UP-SIGN, are working with Pakistan’s top scientists and the UK’s top scientists to transform the country’s textile industry into a zero-waste circular economy business model.
A taxonomy workshop, financed by the British Council, was held as part of the cooperation to bring textile stakeholders, including academia, business, and policymakers, together to discuss ideas around Pakistan’s circular economy. During the session, the importance of taking a multi-pronged approach to addressing climate change as it affects textile and related communities was underlined.
“We need innovative and sustainable solutions to maintain the supply chain of cotton by preserving soil and water, and encouraging pest and disease resistant varieties,” said Mr. Shafiq Ahmed, Head of Trade and Investment at the Pakistan High Commission in London.
Dr. Naveed Arshad, Associate Professor and Chair of the Computer Science Department at LUMS, Pakistan’s taxonomy leader, and Director of the Centre for Big Data and Cloud Computing, stressed the importance of producing high-value items with low carbon footprints.
Dr. John Arthur is leading the workshop, which includes 40 scholars from the United Kingdom and Pakistan.