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 are 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.
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).