Recognition for Stahls involvement in Clean Ganga project

During the Indo-Dutch Ganga Forum in New Delhi, Mrs. Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, the Dutch minister for Water and Infrastructure, expressed appreciation for the ‘Clean Ganga’ project and described the initiative by Solidaridad, Stahl and PUM as the ideal Indo-Dutch public/private partnership model. The project has the ambition to reduce effluent water from the Kanpur-Unnao leather cluster, the largest region in India. The minister’s praise is considered important recognition for these efforts.

Clean Ganga Project
The Dutch minister visited India as part of the trade mission led by Prime Minister Mark Rutte. During the forum, a panel discussed the project, to which the Dutch government has made considerable contributions. Due to the scale of 'Clean Ganga', a large number of stakeholders have been involved, from governmental, corporate and charity organizations. 

Jointly, the project works towards better industry standards and the reduction of waste ending up in the river. Efforts on his front will improve working and living conditions for the 250,000 workers in the region involved in the tanning business, and over 30,000 smallholder farmers, who depend on the re-use of wastewater for agricultural needs. 

Creating a more sustainable tanning industry
Stahl's Managing Director in South Asia, Mr. Tuncay Deriner, spoke about Stahl's involvement in the Solidaridad-led project during the session: “Stahl believes in actively promoting safe use of chemicals around the world, and we are well aware of the complex issues in the Kanpur leather cluster, and some 400 tanneries discharge 50 million liters of wastewater each day. It is not possible to bring about a change without joining hands with government authorities, civil society and industry partners. Hence, we joined forces with various stakeholders to contribute to the clean-up already underway of this iconic and sacred river."

With a complete range of solutions for the leather production process, Stahl offers an alternative to the tanning practices currently in use. With safer water-based and biodegradable chemicals, tanneries can create leather with exceptional quality, while reducing the environmental impact. The various innovations Stahl offers also reduce the amount of water, chemicals and salt used in the process. That's not where the involvement of Stahl ends. Through the Stahl Campus®Centre of Excellence in Kanpur, people working in the tanning industry receive education and training in the application of better, more safe and sustainable practices. By investing in the industry with state-of-the-art technology and improved knowledge, Stahl believes that pollution can be vastly reduced. 

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