WASTE REDUCTION, CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND ENHANCED LIVELIHOODS: IDEAS FROM NEAR AND AFAR

Monday, 18th March 2019 09.30 hrs - Tuesday, 19th March 2019 14.15 hrs
UChicago Centre, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi - 110001

The average Indian uses about 10 kilogrammes of plastics annually, which is 10% of the American usage and about 15,000 tons of plastic waste is discarded daily. The case of e-waste also points to the same trend. India has become the 5th largest generator of e-waste and according to Assocham, close to 100,000 metric tonnes of solid waste is being generated every day.

Last year, India’s Prime Minister Modi set the tone for waste reduction, when he said, on June 5th, 2018, that India would end all single-use plastics by 2022. The question is: How will this be done? Without learning from global and local experiences, India is in danger of reinventing the wheel, and failing to frog-leap into contemporary best practice. India must also look at local data and use micro-economics to identify the trends and best strategies for waste reduction in local geographies.

India, in the meantime, is looking at a shift to the circular economy. A circular economy can help create new demand for business services, such as reverse logistics, remarketing, remanufacturing, and refurbishment. Circular economy practices will help in making more productive use of material inputs and increasing revenue from emerging circular activities, resulting in reduced Green House Gas emission by a significant amount and reduce the burden for mining of virgin material.

The broad themes of the conference would be:

1. Circular economy and waste reduction: Can these work in tandem, Role of policy and laws

2. Cities, countries and sectors making it work: Experiences in waste reduction and livelihoods

3. Role of data and micro-economics in creating strategies for greener livelihoods

Chintan in partnership with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC-India) and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation is hosting this international conference  to bring together global and domestic players who will share their work, challenges and successes around the theme of circular economy, waste reduction and livelihoods. The conference will result in sharing emerging thinking, experiences and knowledge around the conference sessions.

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Date: March 18th - 19th, 2019

Time: 9:30 - 17:30 hours

Venue: UChicago Centre, DLF Capitol Point Building, Connaught Place, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi

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