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clear­ances and stan­dards and eco marks were some of the ar­eas on which the gov­ern­ment is fo­cus­ing on in or­der to fa­cil­i­tate sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion, said Arun Ku­mar Me­hta, Additional Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment For­est and Cli­mate Change, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, at the sixth tech­ni­cal con­fer­ence on Life Cy­cle Man­age­ment in In­dia, or­ga­nized by FICCI in New Delhi on Oc­to­ber 9, 2017. Over the last five years, ILCM has brought na­tional and in­ter­na­tional ex­perts to­gether and en­gaged around 400 del­e­gates across 19 coun­tries.

Me­hta said that to en­cour­age sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion, the pa­ram­e­ters of en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ances were de­signed to lead to sus­tain­abil­ity. The gov­ern­ment rec­og­nizes that un­der pre­scrip­tion or over pre­scrip­tion could prove to be ad­verse and there­fore the fo­cus was on pre­scrib­ing bal­anced pa­ram­e­ters for en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ances.

Speak­ing on en­vi­ron­ment stan­dards, Me­hta said that the stan­dards pro­vided the tools for sus­tain­able growth. Be­sides, a com­pre­hen­sive eco mark sys­tem was be­ing de­vel­oped which would cover a wide range of prod­ucts with spe­cific process for each prod­uct. He urged in­dus­try to rec­om­mend means to make eco mark an in­clu­sive sys­tem.

Al­lud­ing to the need for cre­at­ing aware­ness about sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, Me­hta said that strong out­reach pro­grams were needed for im­ple­men­ta­tion on the ground. He added that in­dus­tries need to en­gage in di­a­logue among them­selves and with those who have not yet em­braced tech­nol­ogy.

In his key­note ad­dress, Ja­nard­hanan Ra­manu­jalu, Vice Pres­i­dent and Re­gional head, South Asia & ANZ SABIC, said that cir­cu­lar econ­omy should be the model for fu­ture with im­prov­ing ma­te­ri­als, mak­ing things more ef­fi­ciently; us­ing things more ef­fi­ciently, mak­ing things last longer, and more of re­cy­cling serv­ing as the five pil­lars to de­velop sus­tain­able so­lu­tions. Ear­lier, the lin­ear eco­nomic model had de­liv­ered un­prece­dented pros­per­ity for billions of peo­ple; amaz­ing in­no­va­tion and global sup­ply chains. But the lin­ear eco­nomic ap­proach to nat­u­ral re­sources can­not de­liver con­tin­ued eco­nomic growth and ad­dress sus­tain­abil­ity, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges.

Dr. Amir Safaei, In­ter­na­tional Project Man­ager, ecoin­vent cen­ter, said that since 2014 ecoin­vent is the part­ner of the project Sus­tain­able Re­cy­cling In­dus­tries (SRI), an ini­tia­tive funded by the Swiss State Sec­re­tariat for Eco­nomic Af­fairs (SECO). SRI de­vel­ops ba­sic life cy­cle in­ven­tory data for in­dus­trial, agri­cul­tural and other ac­tiv­i­ties in Brazil, Egypt, In­dia and South Africa. These will form a re­li­able pool of data for these coun­tries and re­gions for use in LCA and en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ments. To sup­port the com­po­nent, ex­per­tise build­ing and train­ing events will also take place in these coun­tries and the sur­round­ing re­gions. He added that ecoin­vent and FICCI have part­nered to or­ga­nize knowl­edge shar­ing events.

Rita Roy Choud­hury, As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, FICCI, said that life cy­cle ap­proaches were now play­ing an in­creas­ingly im­por­tant role in guid­ing and shap­ing busi­ness op­er­a­tions world­wide to im­prove over­all sus­tain­abil­ity per­for­mance. A grow­ing num­ber of cor­po­rates are us­ing Life Cy­cle Man­age­ment as the new busi­ness ap­proach to counter en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pacts along with, and not at the cost of busi­ness growth and per­for­mance.

Arun Ku­mar Me­hta, Additional Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment For­est and Cli­mate Change, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, ad­dress­ing the Life Cy­cle Man­age­ment con­fer­ence.

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