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Seconded European Standardization Expert in India

Hybrid Workshop on Circular Economy: Environmental Design & Labelling – Role of Standards & Policy in India and EU held on 2nd December 2022

Circular Economy

    To achieve the sustainable development goals, Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency have been regarded as priority topics globally. With a growing population, rapid urbanization, climate change and environmental pollution, India must move towards a circular economy. The circular economy path adopted by India could bring in substantial annual benefits, along with significant reduction in congestion and pollution, which would consequently have a snowball effect on the economy

    The Government of India has been actively formulating policies and promoting projects to drive the country towards a circular economy. It has already notified various rules, such as the Plastic Waste Management Rules, e-Waste Management Rules, Construction and Demolition Waste Management Rules, Metals Recycling Policy, etc., in this regard.

    It may be noted that there is extensive legislation covering waste prevention. But there is absence of legislations that focusses on purely circular economy concept. Even upstream stages of a value chain –such as design and connect between design to waste (design for durability, design for ease of maintenance and repair, design for upgradability, design for disassembly and reassembly) is a major area that needs more focus.

    Both the EU and India, for the greater adoption of circular processes and secondary raw material use, demand the development of various cross-cutting technologies, tools, instruments, processes, and relevant measures need to collaborate and work together.

    n this context, European Union’s Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) along with the Seconded European Standards Experts in India (SESEI), European Standards Organizations CEN-CENELEC in partnership Environmental Coalition on Standards (ECOS), and TERI organized the second edition of the Hybrid Workshop on Environmental Design & Labelling – Role of Standards & Policy in India and the EU. This workshop on Eco Labelling and Eco Design was conceptualized to create a dialogue and discussion between between EU and Indian stakeholders towards synergies in the approach for ECO Design and Labelling standards and policies both in EU and India.

    The hybrid workshop was held on 2nd December 2022 at India Habitat Centre and was also available on the Webex platform for virtual participation. The workshop was attended by more than 110 delegates ( 52 attended physically and 59 delegates joined online). Domain Experts, Policy Makers and standards influencers as well as Industry experts were invited to speak at this workshop and share their unique perspective, share best practices and insights on this important topic. The workshop was divided in four sessions, providing detailed discussion and time to the speakers to elaborate on the topics.

    Session1:High Level Panel on Need and Role of Environmental Design & Labelling for achieving Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency

    Session 2:Environmental Design & Labelling: Vision, Policy Initiatives and Roadmap for the Future

    Session 3: Environmental Design & Labelling: Standards Perspective & Partnerships

    Session 4: Fireside Chat: High Level Panel on Need and Role of Environmental Design & Labeling for achieving Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency