New Delhi, June 5 On the occasion of this World Environment Day The Policy Times in partnership with RECYCLEAN.in and The Shakti Plastic Industries organized World Sustainability Summit 2021 online with support from GreenScape, ECOEX, GRC India on 4th & 5th June from 5 pm to 9 pm to set a wave of brainstorming 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 Sustainability.
World Sustainability Summit 2021 had witnessed 40+ eminent speakers including world leaders like India’s Environment Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar, economist and NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr. Rajiv Kumar, and 4 Padmashri awardees, 2000+ international participants from 80 countries 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 session was Chaired by Prof. Ujjwal K Chowdhury, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Adamas University, Kolkata, and introduced by Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder Editor of The Policy Times. This thematic session of the World Sustainability Summit was on Embracing Innovation and Global Best Practices to augment sustainable growth. This session was mainly to emphasize Building an ecosystem that breeds and incentivizes innovation.
Mr. Rahul V Poddar, Founder of The Shakti Plastics Industry said, “We have launched SEWA Foundation to boost waste management awareness throughout the country, through our connection we do a lot of collection drives, rag picker upliftment, and more. We have also launched the TechnoPlast initiative to provide technology for recycling plants like farm segregation, washing equipment, etc. We provide solutions, permission, and license for this. It will connect all the stakeholders in the waste management scheme domestic as well as international it’s a holistic platform where it will support all kinds of stakeholders like in government bodies municipal corporations a person who wants to sell the waste and by the waste a company who wants to convert products made out of waste. This will help the industry come together and build a sustainable culture”.
On the same note, Mr. Akshaya Rath, CEO, EcoEx said, “Our Sustainable plan is in line with SDG12 among the 16 SDGs set by the UN through multiple initiatives to reduce production and consumption of plastics. Urban local buddy participation ensures the participation of the entire ecosystem under ULB to augment the SDG goal. Digital infrastructure can help ULB to register, maintain, monitor, and endorse ethical collections among their entire ecosystem members, and influence proper waste management and disposal. The municipality can even have a revenue generation model benefiting all. This can be shared with Astro mechanisms. India can become a plastic neutral country”.
Mr. Sanjay Mehta, President, Material Recycling Association of India (MRAI) said- “With the view to achieving the target of SDGs the government of India has introduced policies like environmental benefits and social-economic benefits. With a view to uplift, the Indian recycling industry at MRAI is to take this proposal to the Indian government and roll out a similar standard suitable for the Indian market at the earliest. Innovations in recycling and changing attitudes are resulting in more companies realizing the associated commercial and environmental benefits of waste management boosted by digital infrastructure”.
Belgium European Environmental Bureau is Europe’s largest network with 170 member organizations from 36 countries. Ms. Patrizia Heidegger, Director for Global Policies and Sustainability European Environmental Bureau said, “Sustainable product policy and ecodesign improving circulatory lifecycle of products. We will be empowering consumers, we have EU ecolabel, regulation against false green claims, specific strategies for, particularly problematic sectors. Circular electronics initiative regulatory measures for electronics and ICT under the ecodesign directive to enable energy efficiency and circulatory life cycle. Tightening of a legal framework to prevent e-waste exports”.
Ms. Monique Maissan, Founder & CEO Waste2Wear, China stated that Waste2Wear has been producing recycled fabrics and products in China and India for more than 10 years and is exporting to 27 countries at the moment. Innovation is only possible through collaboration with stakeholders and universities. This can not only preserve natural resources but also reduce GHGs emissions and augment carbon sequestration. The third session ended with Ms. Robin K. Wiener, President, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), Washington, DC speech. She said that recycling is the key to global sustainability. The recycling industry is essential to global economic development with an annual turnover of USD 500 billion and employing more than 20 million people. Recycling commodities are the keys to global manufacturing feedstock meeting 40% of the world’s industrial raw material needs. Innovation and investment is key to rise to the prospect along with global and domestic end markets, quality supply stream, and consumer awareness. The last ten years have seen significant innovations in recycling technologies and processes.
The fourth session of the World Sustainability Summit started in full swing under the theme Interaction with India’s Global Scientists & Environmentalists. This session witnessed four eminent Padma Shri awardees as panelists. Dr. Sameer Joshi, Honorary Treasurer, Governing Council, Indian Plastics Institute began his introductory remarks with some famous quotes which meant that we need to make efforts to have a sustainable environment.
Padmashri Kartikeya V Sarabhai, The Environmental Educationist of India & Founder Director Centre for Environment Education (CEE) said that climatic change is the third level of crisis and daily lifestyle and industries contribute to it. He also discussed the impacts of these crises globally like forest fires, loss in biodiversity and melting of ice caps, etc. He concluded that practicing sustainability in our daily lifestyle is the need of the hour. He also believes that the plastic itself is not bad, it’s the way that the community uses it.
Padmashri Ganpati D Yadav, The Chemical Engineer of India & Former Vice-Chancellor ICT (UDCT-Mumbai) in his commencing speech discussed the 17 goals of the United Nations and the 6 different ways that they are categorized. He also discussed the role of restoration & sustainable development and hunt for new smarter ways to develop. In so-called sustainable development one always has to deal with 3 diff viewpoints he stated i.e. environmentally friendly, economic process, and socially acceptable. He also laid emphasis on microorganisms and their role in climate change, adding that 195 nations have signed an agreement to lower down carbon dioxide emissions.
Padmashri Swaminathan Sivaram, The Polymer Chemist of India & Former Director CSIRNCL began his speech by acknowledging ten truths of sustainability. He stated that sustainability is a multi-dimensional topic but people do not see it the way it is. “Humans in this complex adaptive ecosystem can control almost nothing, yet, have the power of technology to influence everything.” He believes the desire to maximize personal gains comes at a cost to the principles of sustainability. He also said that recycling and a circular economy are not sufficient enough for sustainability. Economic growth and sustainability both are interlinked and sustainability requires efficiency and resilience.
Padmashri Rajgopalan Vasudevan, Plastic Man of India & Professor & Dean Thiagarajar College of Engineering, Madurai commenced his speech with a famous phrase that we need to understand the creation and creator. The ecological challenges in an irony were also dialogued upon. He showed a huge scenario difference between before and after the world war, the lifestyle, technology, etc. He showed the pros and cons of industrial development taking place in today’s era. In the conclusion he focused on that plastic isn’t a problem rather plastic is a god’s gift in the form of PPE kits and masks as they have proved to be a boon in pandemics. The thing is mankind should know how to handle it. He also showed the difference between biodegradable and non-biodegradable foods. He also suggested ways for sustainability.
This session of World Sustainability Summit 2021 was moderated by Mr. Akram Hoque, Founder Editor, The Policy Times, and chaired by Dr. Sameer Joshi, Honorary Treasurer, Governing Council, Indian Plastics Institute.
The fifth session started with the opening remarks of CA Guru Sowle, Director-US Affairs, Indus International Research Foundation (IIRF), the USA chaired this thematic session on “ industry perspective for ecosystem restoration”.Speaking on the occasion he stated, “Climate change is no longer a phenomenon and problem but an enabler of cascading and gigantic revolution with visible manifestation in the economy, finance, life, and lifestyle”. The deliberation by distinguished panelists touched on some key areas like climate financing, green and clean energy & transport, and zero-carbon strategy post-pandemic.
Mr. Sheikh Nayeem, Energy & Sustainability Director, California State University Maritime Academy, CA, USA, “ Climate action is a great challenge but a challenge with great opportunities on the flip side. Every entity from the government, media to banks to the industry has a role to play to mitigate the risks of climate change. Revolutionary government initiatives and policies integrating climate adaptation activities to strategic financing by banks and outreach,awareness, and integrating programs by the media can do great in mass integration in climate action mobilization along with great technology, R&D from industry to add to the cohesive movement. Sustainability is the new standard of investment expedited by demand generation enabled by mass awareness, and education.
CA Rajasekhar Reddy Nalla, Founder Chairman, USA (Dallas) Chapter, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), USA – “ Climate Financing is key to mobilize the climate action movement steadily and effectively. Even though climate financing is nowhere close to its requirement, the positive aspect is that there has been worldwide recognition of climate change and shift to climate financing for effective climate adaptation from governments, private sectors, institutions, foundations, and multilateral development banks, etc. Climate financing has risen significantly along with transparency on commercial agenda meeting social and environmental criteria.
Mohamed Anis, Head of Energy, Resources & Services –Europe, Infosys, UK, “It is really important to understand which countries and how many countries are contributing how much in the aspect of climate change. Of all the countries that have committed to the Paris Agreement, 61% of countries have committed to carbon net-zero and more than 20% of countries have achieved carbon net-zero already; 44% of companies including Infosys have achieved carbon net-zero. The phenomenal aspect of climate action mobilization is greater individual, institutional and multilateral collaboration for knowledge, technology, and IP sharing for better low carbon transition throughout the world recently.
Mr. Rajkumar Gupta, CGC Head of environment sector in SEPC & Director & CEO, Toshiba Water Solutions Private Limited spoke on Zero Carbon emissions and environment management from companies’ perspective. He shared some perspectives and ways on how to achieve the Zero carbon emission target by mentioning the Paris Agreement. Talking about Reducing Carbon footprint he says, “We have to do it on an individual level”.
Furthermore, speaking about industry opportunities Water technology innovation has many market opportunities such as Conserving and Recovering energy, Recovering nutrients, Improving and greening the water infrastructure, Conserving and eventually Reusing water and reducing costs, and improving techniques for Water Monitoring, etc.
In conclusion, Mohamed Anis, Head of Energy, Resources & Services –Europe, Infosys, UK, “ Carbon Net-Zero is collective vision and it is imperative to bring dynamic innovation for institutions and organizations to nip the trouble at the bud in the case of carbon emission rather than taking countermeasures later.
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).