The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is seeking an Implementing Partner to support its impact assessment work on sustainable economic pathways for sustainable and circular textiles, which is implemented in the context of the Innovative Business Practices and Economic Models in the Textile Value Chain (InTex).
UNEP aims to work at the science-business-policy interface to increase the understanding and the uptake of resource efficiency, circular approaches, life cycle thinking and ecoinnovation by textile businesses, governments, and other textile value chain actors.
The selected Partner will carry out an evaluation of different circular interventions in the textile value chain, exploring the likely environmental, social, and economic outcomes, at global level, from these different approaches.
The InTex project aims to
- Increase among SMEs and governments the knowledge on resource efficiency, life cycle thinking, circularity and eco-innovation in the textile value chain
- Train textiles stakeholders on eco-innovation and product environmental footprint (PEF)
- Accompany textiles businesses to transform their approach and business models in order to increase sustainability and circularity in the textile value chain
- Increase the access to environmental and lifecycle data so that textiles businesses and policymakers can make better informed decisions and implement relevant strategies
- Provide evidence of the environmental and socio-economic impacts of the different sustainable economic models in the textiles value chain, to help bridge the science-policy gap and raise awareness on the potential impacts of adopting and fostering innovative sustainable and circular policies and practices.
- The maximum budget for this project is US$320,000
- Budget will be disbursed in two tranches
From September 2020 to August 2023
Who can apply?
Applications are sought from Public Institutions, Academia (Research Institutes, Universities), Nongovernment Organizations (NGOs), other Not-for-Profit Organisations. Proposals from individuals will not be accepted. The applying institution shall have a good track record on:
- Deep knowledge of the textiles value chain, awareness of existing available impact and financial data, understanding of the dynamics between value chain actors and regions, and an understanding of contexts in developing countries and production regions
- Deep knowledge and experience in environmental science and economic analysis
- Expertise on social impacts preferred but not required
- Complex numerical analysis, evaluation of data sources, management of data licensing and citations
- Independent and self-directed research and analysis
- Published high quality reports, or peer-reviewed journal papers related to textiles or other value chain sustainability topics
- Fluency in both written and spoken English.
For more information, visit https://www.unep.org/intex