TPT Bureau New Delhi, June 4:
The Policy Times in partnership with RECYCLEAN.in and The Shakti Plastic Industries is organizing World Sustainability Summit 2021 online on the occasion of World Environment Day with support from GreenScape, ECOEX, GRC India on 4th & 5th June from 5 pm to 9 pm to set a wave of brainstorming an Industry & Innovation-driven agenda for ‘Ecosystem Restoration. Event Partners of World Sustainability Summit 2021 are Services Export Promotion Council(SEPC), Material Recycling Association of India(MRAI), Indian Plastics Institute, and Indus International Research Foundation (IIRF) and organizing partners of this event are University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Gaza University and Impact Youth.
World Sustainability Summit 2021 had witnessed 40+ eminent speakers including world leaders like India’s Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, Begum Habibun Nahar, Deputy Environment Minister of Bangladesh, and 4 Padmashri awardees, 2000+ international participants coming together and exchanging ideas and solutions to build a new green development model to achieve Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations.
The Blue Economy could very well prove to be the alternative way to meet the global goal of net-zero carbon and green economic structure if steered on a strategically sustainable and innovative path.
Mr. Ranjit Baxi, Founder of International Recycling Ltd & Founding President, Global Recycling Foundation, UK- Recycling is the future. It’s an interconnection of 3 pillars – environment, economy, society. Helps reduce CO2 emissions and helps bring climate control goals. Providing resources for industries to succeed and the consumer for getting the products that they are demanding. Providing employment to 5 million people and generating close to 500billion dollars in global GDP. Once shifted from 4G to 5G, lots of phones will be discarded. Over the last few decades, the world has shifted from no recycling to a lot of recycling products and is been used in the manufacturing process of the communities. Europe is working on a green policy that we are trying to demand. Blue and green economy is very much connected, if the terrestrial planet is able to use the waste properly then there will be automatically less waste going to the ocean, which will bring less marine pollution. Textile recycling can move onto the next platform, offering a great future. Plastic recycling is another growth, over 10 tons of plastic generated. It will continue to grow. We are becoming Decarbonization ambassadors.
Mr. Bernard Merkx, Co-founder, Waste Free Oceans, Europe WFO( waste-free oceans) – mission is a global presence which is fishing for litter beach or river cleanups, closing the loop creating iconic products, raising awareness and education. It’s a non-profit foundation based in Brussels founded in 2011, engaging in prevention and remediation actions on marine litter since the beginning. Participated in numerous stakeholder meetings resulting in improved EU waste legislation. Instrumental in the modification of the proposals for the European maritime and fisheries fund. Waste catcher technology is basically identifying waste hotspots based on selection by partners and analysis of recent news and studies. Also collaborating with fishermen and waste pickers to collect plastic waste and litter Fishing boats are fitted with trawls which can collect between 2 and 8 tons of marine litter each journey. Trawls can also be placed statically on rivers.
This tackles existing marine debris. Mechanical recycling not only safeguards valuable resources but at the same time also a considerable amount of co2 emissions compared to virgin plastic. We have recycled ocean plastic products- providing the material source connecting companies to recyclers and converters and helping in the design and marketing of the product. Trying to show that waste can be a resource. Current projects -Europe, Danube product, Azores Project, Mixed Plastic Waste Project, Blue Impact Project. Micronised fishing gear to school furniture.
Mr. Abhay Deshpande, Founder, Recykal – 2% of the Indian population gets food every day because somebody in their family is working in the recycling industry. This opportunity is huge. India is a $100billion recycling market, a $100 billion waste management market, the money generated is informal. We are trying to solve the waste management problem using digital technology, we are an Uber for trash. We disrupt waste using digital technology, it’s a form of recycling, it connects all the stakeholders. We bring the technology which connects the kabadiwala and other people directly so that the value consumed actually goes to them with their muscle power. Data is the key everywhere. Across the country we have buyers and sellers, actually registered recyclers. We have brands working with EPR. Fund the supply side of the business. We bought technology and all brands can fulfill EPR operation with a click. More materials get collected through the ecosystem. We are channelizing 20000 matric plastics every month. By 2025 we want to channelize 4 million metric tons of waste from the generators and generators to recyclers. We can bring the circular economy to reality.
Mr. Tanveer Mirza, Nagpur Ratna & President, Yashodhara NGO- Fundamental principles we follow for our energy, environment, economy, entrepreneurship, and society. With the help of these fundamentals, we can obtain sustainability as far as the circular economy is concerned. Crude rice of south India, Dal paratha of North India, khakra of Gujarat are a few examples of leftover food. Rural women are making seed sweets for patients. Firecrackers are made from eco-friendly products like waste papers etc and are handmade by rural women of the Nagpur area. Seed paper calendars are made. Converting biodegradable solid waste into manure. Housing societies convert biodegradable solid waste into manure. Oxygen concentrator made from parts of unused gas analyzer which is 10 m per minute. Junior college made boot polish from banana peel. Bricks and Tiles to be made with PPE kits and masks.
Mr. Gaurav Kaul(Founder & CEO, RECYCLEAN) concludes “this is about finding the right balance between maximizing environmental benefits, maximizing social benefits and economic benefits. We are talking about creating jobs, reducing poverty and hunger, using smart technologies for recycling so that the impact from the biosphere and pollution is reduced. what new opportunities can recycling provide in the living beings and system of living beings”.
The session of World Sustainability Summit 2021 was moderated by Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder Editor, The Policy Times.
This conference is supported by some of the pioneering organizations influencing a cleaner and greener world. The proud gold partners of WSS 2021 are GreenScape, ECOEX, GRC India. Event Partners of World Sustainability Summit 2021 are Services Export Promotion Council(SEPC), Material Recycling Association of India(MRAI), Indian Plastics Institute, and Indus International Research Foundation (IIRF) and organizing partners of this event are University Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Gaza University and Impact Youth Sustainability. The 2 days summit was also supported by United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP).