Investigation of Wastewater Recovery Opportunities in İzmir Ataturk Organised Industrial Zone (IAOIZ)

GTE studied the possibilities of using existing technologies to recover wastewater produced in the Izmir Ataturk Organized Industrial Zone (IAOSB), one of our country’s leading organised industrial zones.

Since the increasing water demand in the industry can no longer be met sustainably with the existing surface and underground water resources and the water costs increase, the wastewater in IAOSB needs to be recovered and reused. The project’s scope is aimed at creating a secondary water source to be used by the industry.

Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Platform Project

GTE is a technical consultant within the scope of the “Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency Platform Project” supported by the Istanbul Development Agency (ISTKA) within the Innovative Istanbul Financial Support Programme and carried out in cooperation with the Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD Turkey) and Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO). GTE will carry out cleaner production and circular economy analyses for 21 companies operating in Istanbul selected within the project’s scope.

The project aims to increase resource efficiency and circularity in the Istanbul industry, priority sectors and value chains to create a sustainable structure for this and improve stakeholders’ capacities.

Wastewater Recycling Efficiency Project in Sanliurfa Organised Industrial Zone

Under the consultancy of Istanbul Medeniyet University (Prof. Dr Erkan Sahinkaya), with the support of Karacadağ Development Agency, the “Wastewater Recycling Efficiency Project” executed by GTE is carried out by the priorities of the World Bank-financed Turkey Organized Industrial Zones Project financial support program.

The project, which aims to ensure the effective and efficient management of water resources with the Şanlıurfa Organised Industrial Zone, is aimed to be one of the good examples of the green transformation of the industry in our country. Existing technologies for the recovery of wastewater produced in SUOSB were examined, preliminary designs were made, and the approximate investment and operating costs were calculated. Feasibility studies were carried out in which the project was evaluated in terms of economic, technical and environmental aspects.

World Bank Green Industry Project Component-2

The project is implemented by the Ministry of Industry and Technology, TUBITAK and KOSGEB with the support of the World Bank. As a technical consultant in the “Turkey Green Industry Project – Component II” project, GTE prepared the Environmental and Social Management System and Projects User Manual.

With the project, it is aimed to ensure the green transition of industrial enterprises in line with the new requirements in export markets such as the World Bank, CBAM, Green Consensus for R&D and innovation projects related to the green transformation of the industry.

Carbon and Water Footprint and Resource Efficiency Roadmap for Lignite Mining Industry

Polyak Eynez Enerji Üretim Madencilik San. ve Tic. Inc. In the Kınık Lignite Mine operation within the scope of the current situation assessment, carbon and water footprint reporting was made and resource efficiency and cyclical opportunities were evaluated in order to improve environmental performance. Under the heading of evaluation of the current situation, the calculation of the carbon and water footprint of the enterprise, reporting according to appropriate standards, competitor analysis and evaluation according to sectoral metrics were made.

In addition to the existing ESG approaches within the framework of national/international developments, assessment of transitional risks and good practice examples in the national/international arena, in addition to the existing ESG approaches, the European Union Green Agreement, the Paris Agreement and the Border Carbon Tax and similar developments are for the coal mining sector of our country and especially Polyak Eynez. A roadmap was prepared by GTE as a result of a comprehensive assessment of the opportunities and risks it creates for the company.

Environmental Footprint Project Eco-Labelling System for Business

Working with the Aegean Forest Foundation and the Lifelong Learning, Vocational Education and Development Association, London-based Carbon Trust is the project manager of the Environmental Footprint for the Business World project, in 5 pilot sectors (printing, packaging, construction chemicals) in the Aegean Region. An eco-labelling system has been established to reduce the carbon emissions of manufactured products (cement, glass, cement, and glass). As a result of the project, the environmental footprint of the products of the pilot companies was measured, documented and environmental footprint labels were created.

Within the scope of the project, the studies on the eco-label application were turned into a booklet and presented to the business world. Studies conducted in EU member states and examples of good practices on the creation and certification of environmental footprints and the preparation of product labels for products manufactured in Turkey, especially for export, are included.

Evaluation of Water Efficiency Focused R&D and Process Development Opportunities

Within the scope of the technical support of Bursa Eskişehir Bilecik Development Agency (BEBKA), the Water Efficiency Focused R&D and Process Development/Improvement Opportunities Project was supported, and the technical consultancy of the project, which started towards the end of 2020, is provided by GTE.

In this context, it is aimed to determine the water efficiency application possibilities by carrying out studies to determine the critical points/products dependent on water. It is aimed to ensure the sustainability of application opportunities by conducting in-house trainings on water efficiency, water footprint and carbon footprint.

Water Efficiency in the Glass Industry

Water efficiency studies in the glass industry, which started in 2019, were carried out at Şişecam’s 15 production facilities in Turkey and were completed in 2020.

Within the scope of the study, water pre-treatment methods, the processes that use the most water, water monitoring infrastructure and wastewater management practices in the facility were evaluated and water maps were prepared by GTE. Implementation possibilities for increasing water efficiency and recycling have been developed, and suggestions have been made for future monitoring methods and application methods. As a result of the project, water use and management reports were prepared, including the benefits to be provided by the application possibilities determined for each facility.

Resource Efficiency Program for Inditex Textile Suppliers

Within the scope of the Inditex Productivity Program, he provided technical consultancy to GTE Inditex Group suppliers in 2019 and 2020. Within the scope of the project, training and on-site inspections were conducted for 4 Inditex Group supplier textile companies located in various cities of Turkey (Tekirdağ, Kırklareli, Denizli, Uşak). During the facility visit of the textile manufacturers, chemical, dye, and energy saving opportunities, mainly water, were investigated and reports containing recommendations were prepared for each facility.

Water and Energy Efficiency Studies for H&M Textile Suppliers

In 2019, GTE carried out water and energy efficiency studies within the scope of clean production for 2 textile companies located in Bursa, one of the H&M suppliers. Within the scope of the study, facility visits were made, and on-site inspections were made. During the field studies, the technical situation analysis of the facilities was carried out. Following the site visits, water and energy efficiency opportunities were researched and reports were prepared on facility-based application possibilities.

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