‘Cleaning up the Ganges’: A Topical Presentation by Stahl at the Leather Sustainability Conference 2017

‘Cleaning up the Ganges’: A Topical Presentation by Stahl at the Leather Sustainability Conference 2017

Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability at Stahl, will be presenting ‘Cleaning up the Ganges: A Public Private Partnership for the Kanpur Leather Cluster’ at the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017.

The Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017 is sponsored by Stahl, Smit & zoon and TFL, and supported by Lonza. This half-day conference is jointly organised by BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd (BLC) and International Leather Maker (ILM) and will be held on Thursday 16th November at One Great George St., Westminster, London.

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Stahl’s Presentation Synopsis

The Ganges (or Ganga) River Basin in Northern India is one of the most polluted and overused river basins in the world. The Government of India started the “Clean Ganga” project several decades ago with the aim to rejuvenate the river basin by reducing pollution levels and improving water quality. The Kanpur Unnao leather cluster is one of the polluting industries in the Ganga River Basin, and a major challenge there has been to establish effective cooperation between the public water authorities responsible for effluent treatment and the small, medium and large-scale tanning companies who are responsible for reducing the pollution loads.

Stahl’s presentation will introduce the partnership they have established with lead project sponsor, Solidaridad Asia, as well PUM Netherlands, the Uttar Pradesh Leather Industry Association and the Ganga Pollution Control Unit to address some of the challenges related to overall water use and pollution from the Kanpur leather cluster.

 

About Michael Costello

Michael Costello has been Stahl’s Director of Sustainability since October 2015 and has a broad experience in the chemical industry in a variety of positions. In 1988, he joined Stahl USA as a process and lab chemist and later in commercial positions in the coatings segment. In 1996, he became industry specialist at Stahl Europe and also led the successful MRPII Class A implementation project for Stahl Ibérica.

After a break of six years as EMEA Sales Manager at GE Silicones (now Momentive), Michael re-joined Stahl in 2005.  As Group Director, he established the Picassian Polymers SBU within Stahl (now Stahl Polymers). Stahl Polymers supplies raw materials to coatings formulators and has become a recognized player in the market.

Read Michael’s full speaker profile online.

 

 

Conference Agenda

This year’s recently confirmed conference agenda incorporates exciting and forward-thinking leather sustainability topics:

12.15      Registration Tea/Coffee

12.45      Opening Remarks

13.00      NEXT on Modern Slavery - The Importance of Transparency
Chris Grayer, Next Holdings Ltd (30 mins)

13.30      Modern Slavery Act Update
Speaker to be confirmed (30 mins)

14.00      Full Traceability in Cattle Supply Chains, New Opportunities in Brazil
Nathalie Walker, National Wildlife Federations (30 mins)

14.30      Product Passport – Transparency in Chemistry
Pim Wilgenburg, Smit & zoon (30 mins)

15.00      BREAK

15.30      Cleaning up the Ganges: A Public Private Partnership for the Kanpur Leather Cluster
Michael Costello, Stahl International (30 mins)

16.00      ZDHC:  The Implementation Experience
Frank Michel, ZDHC (30 mins)      

16.30      Introducing ChemMAP – a new system to verify upstream chemical formulations
Peter Gregory, Vert-Tex (30 mins)

17.00      Open Brand Panel Discussion
Panel to be confirmed (30 mins)                                   

17.30      Close

Find out more about the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017.

 

Register Your Place Today

Don't miss out on this leading leather sustainability conference. Register your attendance today by completing the registration form and returning it to Deborah Taylor at: deborah@blcleathertech.com

 

Sponsorship opportunities

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maria Wallace at: maria@edifydigitalmedia.com or Jackie Trailor at: jackie@edifydigitalmedia.com

View the agenda and find out more about the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017.

20 September 2017

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