In India around 10% waste is recycled successfully: CII Conference on Sustainability

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Dr. Jitendra Das, Director of FORE School of Management, a premier management school of Delhi - NCR region, was the moderator of the session Resource efficiency - Linear to a circular economy for Indian manufacturing - Challenges and Opportunities, along with co-panellists; Mr Jeevraj Pillai Joint President – Packaging and New Product Development, Uflex Limited; Mr Dheeraj Verma GM EHS and Sustainability, JCB India Limited; Mr Saroj Banerjee Chief Environment Tata Steel, BSL Limited and Mr Sandeep Singh Chief Executive Officer, Shuddhoday PMPL.

Dr. Das set up the tone of the session highlighting some of the acute challenges in sustainability - carbon footprints and ecosystem stating how eco-systems work while remaining interconnected and dependent on other ecosystems. “Any by-product of one ecosystem in nature is used by another ecosystem. Anything which is a waste for one ecosystem is a reasonably good input for another ecosystem.  It is the example of circular economy. Recycle means bringing back to itself even small components as well. If it is not possible for a business entity to entirely eliminate carbon emission, they should start buying out carbon credits” he said.

The CII Conference on “Sustainability: Role of Industry towards Environmental Sustainability” organised on June 28, 2019 at Hotel Holiday Inn, Mayur Vihar, Delhi.

Sharing some industry data, Mr Jeevraj Pillai, Joint President – Packaging and New Product Development Uflex Limited, said that in India only 10% waste is recycled successfully of which -  30% in land fill; 20% dumped, 35% littered in the environment compared to Sweden where 67% waste is recycled.

Incidentally, one of the most successful countries in managing waste has been Belgium (95%) with a goal to achieve ‘Zero Waste’.

Mr. Pillai, also elaborated on the current scenario of reduction in carbon emission using PNG, reduction in VOC emission by using energy curing systems like E-beam, LED Curing and using water based link and using of incineration - one of several waste-to-energy technologies and other high-temperature waste treatment systems where materials converts the waste into ash, with energy recovery in the process.

Mr Dheeraj Verma, GM EHS and Sustainability, JCB India Limited said that Environment being the natural component of the earth where air, water, land, soil, flora, fauna are all interrelated, hence protection of environment should be the prime objective of all. Sustainable development has to be planned in such a manner that meeting the need of the present can be done without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their needs. He also talked about Circular economy which minimises waste and making the most of resources during production and consumption, through closed loop material flow while linking the independency on virgin resource extraction and generation of waste at all stages including pollution.

He said that the industry needs to move away from, the current Linear Economy process where extract, produce, consume and trash happen with little or no attention to pollution to a Circular economy with focus on how can we consume good and services and yet not depend on extraction of resource and ensure closed loops that prevent the eventual disposal during and post production.

Mr Saroj Banerjee Chief Environment, Tata Steel BSL Limited, stressed upon organisation’s aggressive sustainability goals in waste management including minimising of CO2 emissions by 2025 by utilising 100% blast furnace slag in cement production and avoiding fugitive air emissions during transportation. He mentioned that TATA Steel is the 1st Indian company to implement an internal carbon pricing in the financial appraisal of capital project.

Mr Sandeep Singh Chief Executive Officer Shuddhoday PMPL, spoke about various ways and means of water harvesting and water treatment and the hydrological cycle, affecting the environment and the effect of which is already being faced.

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