On July 15th, India and EU adopted a joint declaration on moving towards more circular economic model. The president of EU and Indian PM, Narendra Modi spoke about a common goal of achieving Circular practices. The declaration was adopted at a virtual summit of the leaders of the two sides. Both India and EU resolved to significantly expand bilateral economic engagement to unleash the full potential for trade and investment ties. The declaration mentioned that the objectives of the new initiative is to establish an India-EU Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy Partnership, bringing together representatives of relevant stakeholders from both sides, including governments, businesses academia and research institutes.
International Council for Circular Economy (ICCE) is one such organization. It is one of the largest international networks for professionals, corporate and organizations working in Circular Economy in India. ICCE vision is to redefine the way we operate to recreate mother earth. Their mission is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy that is restorative and regenerative by design. ICCE operates on 3 strong pillars of Educate, Innovate and Inspire.
ICCE is a woman-led organization. It is first of its type in India. It is chaired by Shalini Goyal Bhalla. An active environmentalist, she is working with entities to help reduce their Carbon-Footprint through Project Zero Waste. The program helped schools in Delhi to reduce their C-footprint by 3288 kgs annually, which is equivalent to 164 trees grown. The project is based on 12 major and 61 minor sustainability indicators. In her statement, Shalini says, “India has a huge potential and capability to adapt to the new circular model.” According to her, “the young entrepreneurs are the game-changers and fast to embrace the Circular practices.” Her work has been recognized by the ‘Social Founder’ of UK and ‘Global Goodwill Ambassadors’ of the US.
ICCE is working towards enhancing resource efficiency and promoting circular economic models. Their collaborations with Circular Economy experts from the European Union will help the Indian industry to expedite the Circular practices. They facilitate planning Circular economy strategies, knowledge share, and supporting organizations to implement circular practices through their workshops and webinars. Their Circular Lab program is designed to train the young entrepreneurs on Circularity. One can join them as a Member, Influencer or a Mentor. Visit them at https://ic-ce.com/ for more information
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