Turkish tannery invests in solar technology

Turkey
Published:  15 June, 2017

The Turkish tanner Sepiciler, based in Izmir has started a new solar power project with a capacity of 12 megawatts.

The new renewable energy initiative by the tannery is expected to substantially contribute to local climate protection. “Sepiciler supports the Paris Climate Agreement by keeping the air emissions to a minimum and adopting sustainable technologies”, a spokesperson from Sepiciler told ILM. The tannery processes chrome and vegetable tanned bovine leathers for footwear upper and soles as well as skirting leather.

In May 2017, the tannery completed its second Leather Working Group (LWG) audit, and was the first tannery in Turkey to be an LWG member. Sepiciler has also started preparations for its upcoming ISO 14001 accreditation audit and aims to be certified in 2018.

The Company has become a member of the UK based SATRA Technology Centre and adopted the sustainable grading system, hence, “upgrading product categorisation to a more efficient way”, says Sepiciler in a statement.

Wet-blue processing at Sepiciler