Cotance’s Green Deal Leather kicked off on September 9th. The “Green Deal” aims to create a European tanning segment “with no adverse impacts”. Cotance, the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community, and the union platform industriAll Europe, signed the agreement for the new project. Seven national leather associations are involved (UNIC, of course ça va sans dire), that represent 80% of the companies and workers in the segment in Europe. The end of activities is scheduled to be 2024. This first meeting of the directive committee will be held in Milan on September 22nd.
There are 7 partners in the Green Deal Leather project. One is UNIC – Italian Tanneries. With them, FFTM (France), Acexpiel (Spain) and APIC (Portugal). And VDL (Germany), FV TBSL (Austria) and AHLI (Hungary). Starting with the European Green deal and getting to the Community’s industrial strategy, in Brussels they have identified the textile-leather chain as a priority for the EU’s path towards a more social, carbon neutral, and circular economy. With this project, Cotance and industriAll intend on collecting data and information of two fronts: safety in the workplace and the carbon footprint of tanning. A way to supply the tools to understand and thus improve on reality. To protect the human and social capital of the tanning segment and to create new job opportunities.