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Northumbria University, LUMS partner with UP-SIGN to launch circular business model in Pakistan


The Northumbria University and LUMS has partnered with UP-SIGN, to work with Pakistan and the UK’s top scientists to bring the country’s textile sector into a circular economy business model with zero waste.

At a recent texonomy workshop, funded by the British Council, Mike Nithavrianakis, Deputy High Commissioner, Great Britain and Trade for Pakistan emphasized on the need for a combined approach to address climate change which is affecting textile and associated communities.He appreciated the funding from British Council and partners leading this collaborative opportunity.

Shafiq Ahmed, Head-Trade and Investment, Pakistan High Commission London said, Pakistan needs innovative and sustainable solutions to protect supply chain of cotton through conserving soil and water, and promoting varieties that need less water, and are pest and disease resistant.”

Currently, Pakistan’s textile industry provides employment to almost 40% of the country’s total labour force.

The country is extremely vulnerable to climate change, making it even more crucial for the country’s textile industry, as well as in India, Bangladesh and other parts of Southeast Asia, to tackle global climate challenges.

Dr. NaveedArshad, Associate Professor and Chairman, Computer Science Department, LUMS, and Director, Centre for Big Data and Cloud Computing, said that the textile industry needs to diversify its textile outputs.