New Delhi, June 4:
On the occasion of this World Environment Day, The Policy Times in partnership withThe Shakti Plastic Industries and RECYCLEAN.in is organized World Sustainability Summit 2021 (WSS 2021 online) with support from GreenScape, ECOEX, GRC India in association with 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 on 4-5 June to set a wave of brainstorming an Industry & Innovation-driven agenda for ‘Ecosystem Restoration.”
World Sustainability Summit 2021 had witnessed 40+ eminent speakers including world leaders like video message by Shri. Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and 5 Padmashri awardees, 2000+ international participants coming together from 50+ countries and exchanging ideas and solutions to build a new green development model to achieve Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations.
Today we are at a pivotal tipping point where we must align climate action in line with national interest & development. “India is in the action of walking the talk – India is on the cusp of development but not at the cost of nature. The nation is currently the only G-20 country to have achieved 25% carbon emission reduction and is on the path of meeting pledged goal on not only GHGs emission reduction but on replacing 450 GW of its fossil fuel consumption with renewable energy and increased 15000 Sq Km forest cover for extra carbon sink. It is the responsibility of advanced nations for adding their fair share to the current scenario to commit towards dissemination of affordable & low-cost technology along with finance to help not only developing nation but the world to meet climate goals together earlier” Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Environment & IB Minister through a video relayed the message at the inaugural session of WSS 2021.
Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog was present as Chief Guest and speaking on the occasion reiterated –“People Drive Change – Immediate Change in the narrative, mindset, and dialogue to inspire better climate awareness and action is necessary. People’s narrative becomes policy and their understanding helps in implementation in a democracy and bringing any sort of major change. Mainstreaming the narrative around climate action for mass outreach through dialogue, deliberation in regional vernacular and localized channels of communication is necessary. For India reinstalling the tradition of valuing nature and culture to enable circular production and responsible usage is the solution.
New Model bringing balance – Sustainable development facilitates the interest of the nation and its people – so linking life and livelihood through policies, initiatives and industry is key to bring change instead of trading-off one at the cost of another – the balance between nature and livelihood is necessary to inspire spontaneous action. The Policy Times can organise similar initiatives across regions in local languages and take NITI Aayog’s sustainability recommendations to state level.
Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, International Solar Alliance, “a global risk-mitigating mechanism that breeds profit and enables green transition is the solution” Mr. Atul Bagai, Head, UNEP India, “Covid 19 has come as an ambassador of nature to give us a wakeup call to take advanced environmental agenda in an integrated national structure and change of discourses from its people to promote sustainable activities”
Mr. Gaurav Kaul, Founder & CEO, RECYCLEAN “Climate action need multilateral operation process with collaboration between stakeholders and establishing a well-engineered structure of combined physical and digital unidirectional and streamlined structure linking stakeholders and making them aware of the market and create new opportunities of waste management and thus bringing about a sustainable and circular economy”.
Mr. Rahul V Podaar, MD, The Shakti Plastic Industries “Recycling is one of the most important solutions to exploit the overused statement ‘reuse, recycle and reduce’ and moreover adding value to the waste for better adaptation and management of waste will act as an action agenda to conserve natural resources and reserve ecosystem devastation.
Dr. Dhiraj Kumar Singh, MD of GRC India, “Industry and innovation are synonymous, although there are lots of best practices they seem separate actions by individual experts so there is a need for a strong string in terms of a platform to collate, monitor and disseminate the best practices throughout the world to inspire better and multiplied adaptation”.
Dr. Ashok Kumar, Vice Chairman, Greenscape Eco management brought a special focus on E-Waste management to build a sustainable circular economy and greener future earth. The sector must shift focus on retraction of material to successfully engineer a system of restoration and regeneration.
Md. Moshiur Rahman Chowdhury, Environmentalist, and Secretary-General, Bangladesh Deep Sea fisheries Association addressed climate change as a global crisis and it needs to be taken care of globally. He said, “Bangladesh is often identified as one of the risky countries in climate change. Bangladesh recognizes climate disaster and its significant hindrance to national development and risk for its people so the nation spends $5 Billion meaning 2.5% of its GDP for climate adaptation and taken the further initiative of massive reforestation.
- Sunil H. Talati, Vice Chairman of the Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) spoke on the UN’s initiative on climate change and its importance for directing an actionable agenda. He said, “India has exported about $40 Million in environmental services. From an export point of view, we are having a 1.8% share. At international trade, we are the 6th largest market overall. The Indian government established a 5000 crore dedicated fund to increase the value addition and promote export and push the MSMEs.
Dr. Sameer Joshi, Honorary Treasurer, Governing Council, Indian Plastics Institute- “we must rethink our actions and plan to spread awareness about the state of our local ecosystem and engineer time-bound action agenda and analyze their results and put combined effort to restore the previous glory of our ecosystem”.
Dr. P. Sekhar, Chairman Unleashing India, Global Smart City Panel, MTGF, “It is necessary that we plan innovation, growth, and development as a sustainable cycle, not the one-way path to individual achievement but collective growth and future of the planet and its people”.
Mr. Salman Ahmad, Co-Founder, The Policy Times concluded the Inaugural session with remarks,“We must be aware in support of the UN’s perspective on sustainable environment issues. India is committed to this and paid keen attention to planning, budgeting, and developing and implementation of SDG models. NITI Ayog has already mapped the schemes related to the SDGs target. Also, the state government of India has a very important role to play and they are consistently striving for environmental concerns. The Policy Times with the mission of advocacy, consultative process that characterized the new world agenda”.
The first session of the World Sustainability Summit 2021 started off with deliberating on the need for a new development model inspiring green growth post-covid-19 pandemic through an Industry & Innovation-driven agenda for ‘Ecosystem Restoration. This session was chaired by Dr. P. Sekhar, Chairman Unleashing India, Global Smart City Panel, MTGF.
Dr. P Shekhar gave the commencement remarks and stated numeral facts and the green economy, its key factors, and its opportunities. He also discussed secured governance strategy for smart City development and suggested a secured governance funding model as well.
Mr. Erik Solheim, Former UN Environment Executive Director and UnderSecretary-General, UN & Norway’s Environment Minister said, “China will be carbon neutral by 2060. The US is investing in green infrastructure which is the greenest policy ever for net-zero carbon transition. In Europe, they are working on green new deals and driving all investment in a green direction. For example Volkswagen, the biggest company in the world that will go all-electric in a few years. In India, solar energy is the cheapest energy. Actions by China, the US, Europe, India is a shift that can create a merge between economy and ecology into one and mend all global companies under four from all these shifts. This can be the biggest source of jobs on planet earth. Countries can collaborate and put out jobs based on this.
Dr. Ashok Khosla, Founder, and President, Devalt; Former Co-Chair, UNEP-IRP & President-IUCN discussed systematic approaches for sustainable restoration of ecosystems through 8 parameters: why, what, where, when, how much, with what, how, who, and by whom.
Dr. Vibha Dhawan, DG, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) stated that TERI started awareness among people early in 1997, TERI brought a study Green India 2047, which discussed the cost humankind is paying in terms of sustainability. She also concluded that they launched another study after this one naming DISHA which suggested steps to be taken for sustainability.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Rajendra Singh, Waterman of India, Water Conservationist and Environmentalist reiterated the value of sanatan rejuvenation process leading ecosystem restoration. He also said that the present development model doesn’t facilitate the cohesion of people and the planet leading to climate change, biodiversity loss, increased vulnerability, and socio-economic disparity. Prosperity and expansion are increasing complexity.
Padma Shri Jadav Payeng, ‘Forest Man of India’, “Trees are vital assets. As the biggest plants on the planet, they give us oxygen, store carbon, stabilize the soil and give life to the world’s wildlife. They also provide us with the materials for tools and shelter. He also concluded that ” as long as trees are there we are here so we need to preserve and protect the existing forests”.
Session 2: The second session of WSS 2021 witnessed global industry presence under the theme “Blue Economy and Recycling Post-pandemic”.
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.
On that note, Mr. Ranjit Baxi, Founder of International Recycling Ltd & Founding President, Global Recycling Foundation, UK addressed that recycling is the future interconnecting socio-economic and environmental pillars helping carbon reduction and helps bring climate control goals. Waste management has a huge market prospect- adding USD 500 billion in global GDP and providing 5 million employment.
“Blue and green economies are interconnected, proper waste management could reduce marine pollution.”.
Mr. Bernard Merkx, Co-founder, Waste Free Oceans, Europe – highlighted the scope of Waste catcher technology which will identify waste hotspots based on selection by partners and analysis of recent news and studies, and collaboration with ground zero stakeholders for maximum retraction. This helps in safeguarding valuable resources, comparably less production emission than virgin plastics, and adding value to waste could create a circulatory supply chain.
Moreover, The Huge Market Opportunity Recycling & Waste Management put out, is a bright prospect-Mr. Abhay Deshpande, Founder, Recykal – 2% of the Indian Population earns livelihood from the recycling industry. India is a $100billion recycling market, a $100 billion waste management market, the money generated is informal. Digital infrastructure for advanced waste management to gain maximum traction and restoration is the key. A circular economy could be on the horizon of reality
Mr. Tanveer Mirza, Nagpur Ratna & President, Yashodhara NGO highlighted the scope of a sustainable world enabled through a circular economy where nothing is wasted and everything can be recycled or reused.
Mr. Gaurav Kaul, Founder & CEO of RECYCLEAN concludes “ the right solution can balance between environmental and socio-economic benefits and create huge opportunities for people and the planet”.
This thematic session of WSS 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).