Inspiration for a greener tanning industry from the Arzignano tanning district.

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The Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community (COTANCE) is the representative body of the European Leather Industry. It is a non-profit organization established in order to promote the interests of the European tanning industry at international level. Apart from representing European tanners and dressers, it also has the mission of promoting European leather both in the European and international markets.

COTANCE is the only qualified interlocutor representing the views of the European Tanning Industry. It has gained a wide recognition both internally and externally as the reference body for the European leather industry.

COTANCE’s activities and policies focus on promoting the economic growth and sustainable development of the European tanning industry.

indecologo ueIND-ECO – Energy efficiency in the leather sector

IND-ECO project (The Industry Alliance for Reducing Energy Consumption and CO2 Emissions) has the goal of creating the best market conditions to facilitate investment in energy efficiency by tanneries and the entire leather value chain, with a particular emphasis on the footwear industry. Launched in 2012 it is supported by the “Intelligent Energy – Europe” program of EU Commission. The results achieved have made it possible to fine-tune the mechanisms needed to support businesses in assessing their own performance in the use of energy and in evaluating any investments they should make in energy efficiency (Video). The IND-ECO project tools and publications are available on request  (

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