In July 2020, India signed a joint declaration with the EU for promoting a Circular Economy. This was a moment of pride for the International Council for Circular Economy, which was established the same year with the objective of being a thought leader in this domain.
2021-21 was a year like no other. The pandemic has demonstrated the fragility of our world. It has well-exposed concerns that have been ignored for decades: environment deterioration and climate crisis. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a substantial impact on businesses across all industries and governments. It is perhaps surprising that despite the uncertainty caused by COVID-19, ICCE has been able to achieve many of its milestones. When the lockdown forced people to remain at home, ICCE engaged extensively in the virtual mode at national as well as international levels.
On 17th August 2021, International Council for Circular Economy (ICCE) released its Annual Report 2021-21. The report, marking the completion of ICCE’s first year of operations, is available for downloading at www.ic-ce.com website.
The Report mentions the huge outreach of the company developed in the last year. The Council has been successful in forging new partnerships with world-class organizations, significantly broadening both industrial and government participation in its work. The Report highlights the Council’s work in research, capacity building, and executive training.
Commenting on the work of ICCE in the past year, the note from the Managing Director, Shalini Goyal Bhalla, states, “With the accelerated resource depletion, building resilience in all systems is vital for survival. ICCE has set an ambitious vision to become the leading council in India in promoting Circular Economy and sustainable practices across different verticals.”
Honorable PM, Narendra Modi, declared that India should look at promoting Circular Economy on Independence Day, the 15th Aug 2021. ICCE has set ambitious targets for itself for the year ahead.