The Textile World 2030, the title of our TRENDBOOK Technical Textiles 2020/2021 is ligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Technical textiles have been, and continue to be, a high-tech success story, and they represent a significant part of the total turnover of the textile market in Europe...
After the discussion about climate change, climate protection and various forms of sustainable management had gained increasingly more importance and space the last years, the orientation of the TRENDBOOK’s contents towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN) as unanimously adopted by the member states of the UN in September 2015 seemed logical to us. 17 goals had been formulated to achieve a great deal in the time period from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2030. In order to specify them, 107 substantive goals and 62 means of implementation were created: from the elimination of global hunger through to the strengthening of sustainable consumption and production, and up to programs for climate protection. The goals are universal and apply equally to all countries. However the economies and their core industries must face up to the changes with very heterogeneous tools.
The textile industry – on one hand a highly technical specialty producer and niche supplier of highly developed industrial nations, on the other hand a manufacturer of mass products, an employer in low-wage countries and securing livelihoods in developing and emerging countries – will have to define, represent and further develop its position on the various sustainability goals. It is particularly affected because it is one of the core industries whose process stages have a significant impact on the environment. For this reason, the decision was made during the preparation of this TRENDBOOK to select 4 UN goals for the thematic chapters under the heading “The Textile World 2030” that are of particular relevance to companies worldwide.
As usual, we wanted to gather international expertise, trends and forecasts, to tell stories of pioneering approaches, to present analyses, discuss problems and point out development opportunities: with the industry, from the industry and for the industry. But almost overnight, many things changed. The Covid-19 pandemic first began in Asia, quickly found its way to Europe and North America, and pretty much paralyzed economic life on all continents. Home office and short-time work were certainly the lesser evil compared to the collapse of orders and unemployment in less privileged economies. Moreover, contact and work opportunities also changed dramatically. The exchange of information and communication became a real challenge.
So let’s start now with the 4 main themes that were the inspiration for the main chapters: Decent Work & Economic Growth (SDG 8), Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure (SDG 9), Sustainable Consumption & Production (SDG 12) and Climate Action (SDG 13). Each SDG was examined from the aspects directly relevant to the industry: technology, demographics, indicators and investors & markets. As in the previous issues, we have compiled comprehensive analyses and assessments by experts who describe and explain the megatrend in question. Textile technologists then discuss specific application examples for fibers, nonwovens, finishing and technical textiles with you. Furthermore, as far as was possible, the influence of the pandemic on the individual development areas was reflected. We were on the road virtually in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the USA.
Prof. André Martinuzzi, founder of the Institute for Sustainability Management at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, serves as the door-opener for the expert contributions. Simultaneously, he coordinates the office of the European Sustainable Development Network (ESDN). His conclusion and his question we hereby pass on directly to you, but we are sure you will be able to answer:
TRENDBOOK Technical Textiles 2020/21 –The Textile World 2030
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