6 July 2020
As Covid-19 continues to impact global trade, the Leather Working Group recognises that reductions in production output may have a negative impact on the energy and water usage performance of tanneries.
Whist this situation persists, a temporary allowance will be granted to tanneries undergoing an audit during this period. Tanneries will be able to exclude some of the poorer performance months when the scoring is determined in the energy and water sections.
The allowance is only applicable to P6.7.0. The applicability of the allowance will be reviewed by TSG at least every six months. As a result, we are pleased to issue Version 6.7.0 of the LWG Environmental Audit Protocol to account for low or staggered production periods during this challenging time.
The LWG Technical Sub-Group have agreed on the following changes:
Section 7, Energy Consumption
To grant an additional 3-month exclusion period for energy data, on top of the 3-month exclusion allowance already in place, allowing a total 6 months of energy data to be excluded from the audit under P6.7.0
The audit will be based on a minimum of 6 months of energy data.
The additional 3 months of data excluded do not need to be consecutive, but they must be the same months excluded in Section 8, Water Usage (if any water data is excluded at all).
Section 8, Water Usage
To grant a 3-month exclusion period for water data.
The audit will be based on a minimum of 9 months of water data.
The 3-months of excluded data do not need to be consecutive, but they must be the same months excluded in Section 7, Energy Consumption (if any energy data is excluded at all).