The International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists (IULTCS) has published technical guidelines for environmental protection which are applicable to every country.
The purpose of the document is to give tanners guidelines for the Minimum Acceptable Environmental Standards (MAES).
It has been put together by the International Union of Environment Commission (IUE), comprised of experts from 30 countries, under the IULTCS umbrella.
“In view of ever-increasing social pressures, no tanner can afford to be unfamiliar with the main issues and principles of environmental protection pertaining to tannery operations,” said the IULTCS. “Among these, preventing pollution and promoting cleaner leather processing remain a priority. Yet, despite all preventive measures, there is still an amount of the pollution load to be dealt with by the end-of-pipe methods.”
The documents consist of 12 chapters starting with 'IUE 1 - Recommendations on Cleaner Technologies for Leather Production' and ending with the newly launched 'IUE 12 - Guidelines for Minimum Environmental Standards'.
Tanners retain the freedom to choose which options they implement among prevention, clean technologies, end-of-pipe treatment, new and innovative solutions.
The papers can be downloaded from the IULTCS website.
Information courtesy of Leatherbiz