CII event on sustainability; plastic makers told to pick up waste

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31 Jul 2021 | By WhatPackaging? Team

CII holds annual event on environmental sustainability

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Citizens Foundation organised the fifth edition of its annual flagship event, Green Conclave on the theme ‘Greener and better tomorrow’ on 29 July. The forum highlighted and tried to address some immediate gaps where policy intervention can help accelerate implementation of a circular economy, promote resource efficiency and help create a climate resilient Indian Industry. Praveen Jha, additional principal chief conservator of forests and director (extension forestry), South Chotanagpur, stated that in the recent past, extreme climate events, such as drought, floods, extreme temperatures have been ruining lives. The direct impact on human life is tremendous and there have been almost five lakh human deaths across the world in the past 20 years. The additional death due to malnutrition, diarrhea, malaria and heat stress would be to the tune of 2,50,000. “There is an urgent need to reduce air pollution and also provide safe drinking water, he said, adding that the Union urban development ministry in the National Clean Air Programme 2020 has stated that there must be a reduction in air pollution by 30% by 2024. Tapas Sahu, vice-chairman, CII Jharkhand State Council and managing director of Highco Engineers, said that in the era of globalisation, industries, irrespective of the sector, size or location, should reduce the environmental impacts of their processes and products, by using resources efficiently, phasing out toxic substances, substituting fossil fuels with renewable energy sources, enhancing corporate responsibility and reducing risks to the environment, climate and people.

Telangana plastic makers told to pick up their waste, dispose

The plastic manufacturers would now have to register and also establish a system for collecting the plastic waste generated due to their products in Telangana as the government has asked the producers in all the urban local bodies to register with the concerned municipality immediately. This step comes after the amendments in Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2006, which was notified by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change and the orders of National Green Tribunal, which wanted governments to adopt coercive measures to ensure producers obtain registration. As per the Rule 9 (2) of the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, primary responsibility for collection of used multi-layered plastic sachet or pouches or packaging is of the producers, importers and brand owners who introduce the products in the market. They need to establish a system for collecting back the plastic waste generated due to their products.

Warangal selected for plastic-free project Hans News Service  

The Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation (GWMC) along with Surat Municipal Corporation has been selected for the developing plastic waste-free cities project under the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and Alliance to End Plastic Waste. In January, the GWMC applied for the project along with nine other cities in the country. Under the project, Warangal will be developed as a plastic-free city by July 2022. The project is expected to get underway in November.