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New Delhi, June 1: To mark World Environment Day, the EU Delegation (EUD) and missions of European Union Member States in New Delhi with the support of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) co-hosted a Conference on Plastic Pollution and Management – Sharing Best Practices at Vigyan Bhawan. The theme of the conference was in line with this year’s theme – ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
Participating earlier in the day in a conference on plastic waste management organised by CII the Ambassador of the European Union to India, Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski. congratulated India for its leadership in dealing with environmental issues here in India and globally and said that, “India is a key partner of the European Union with partnerships on Clean Energy and Climate Change, Water, Smart and Sustainable Urbanization, Air Quality and Resource Efficiency. “Taking our cooperation to the next level, , our Commissioner for Environment will lead a delegation of about 50 EU businesses on the Circular Economy Mission to India in September as part of CII Sustainability Summit. Later in the same month, a similar number of businesses involved in Clean Energy and Climate Action will be coming for participating in the REI Expo,” the Ambassador informed, emphasizing that the ultimate goal was developing practical solutions towards environmental challenges.
At the EU co-hosted conference on plastic waste management, Ms. Henriette Faergemann,the Head for Environment, Energy and Climate Changeat the Delegation of the European Union to India, presented the EU’s Plastic Strategy. adopted on the 16th of January 2018. Every year, Europeans generate 25 million tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling. Across the world, plastics make up 85% of beach litter. And plastics are even reaching citizens' lungs and dinner tables, with micro-plastics in air, water and food having an unknown impact on their health. Titled A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy, the EU strategy focuses on making recycling profitable for business; curbing plastic waste: preventing littering at sea; driving investment and innovation into the development of smarter and more recyclable plastics materials, making recycling processes more efficient, and tracing and removing hazardous substances and contaminants from recycled plastics and promoting change across the world.
Following her remarks, country representatives of UK, Spain, Hungary, Poland, France, Belgium, the Czech Republic and Greece, and industry representatives from Germany and Sweden made presentations on best practices of plastic waste management from their respective countries.
Earlier in the day, the Embassy of Sweden and Ploggers of India together with the Delegation of the European Union to India (EUD) and other EU Embassies came together for a ‘plogging’ event. ‘Plocka upp’ is Swedish for ‘pick up’ which combined with the word ‘jogging’ results in the term ‘plogging’. EU Delegation and embassy representatives gathered at Children’s Park, India Gate at 7.00 to make the area litter-free.
On June 5, the EUD and the embassies of the European Union Member States will announce and adopt a ‘Green Pledge’ aimed at eliminating the use of single-use plastic products, saving energy and water resources and managing waste.