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New Delhi, June 5: On the occasion of World Environment Day 2018 being hosted by India, the Delegation of the European Union and the Embassies of the European Union Member States in New Delhi today adopted a “Green Pledge”. As part of the pledge the EU delegation and 28 EU Member States committed to greening of their embassies and to eliminate use of single-use plastic products.
As part of the #BeatPlasticPollution campaign, the EU Delegation and 28 EU Members States will discontinue the use of harmful plastics including plastic straws, stirrers, cups, water bottles in their embassies and residences and will switch to ecofriendly materials. Any events led by the embassies and the delegation will also have minimum plastic footprint going forward. In addition, they committed to making the embassies more sustainable by reducing water and power consumption along with better management of wastes including garbage, electric and electronic goods. The embassies will also sensitize staff and families on how they can reduce their resource footprint.
Talking about the ‘Green Pledge,’ the Ambassador of the European Union to India, Mr. Tomasz Kozlowski, congratulated the embassies on this landmark initiative and said, “We need to move from discussions to action. We need to reduce our plastics footprint to move towards a more circular economy. The EU Delegation and Member States have today announced our commitment to not only cut down on plastic use but also implement a number of green initiatives which will help to promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Every small step counts."
The ‘Green Pledge’ is a part of a series of initiatives taken by the Delegation of the European Union to India and the Embassies of the European Union Member States to mark World Environment Day this year. On June 1, the Embassy of Sweden and Ploggers of India came together with the Delegation of the European Union to India and other EU Embassies for a 'plogging' event (picking up waste while jogging) while later the same day, a conference on sharing best practices of plastic waste management by EU representatives was held at Vigyan Bhawan.
EU Resource Efficiency Initiative: The Delegation of the European Union to India also signed a Joint Declaration of Intent (JDI) with the Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) to support the implementation of the EU Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) Project in India, with a specific objective to foster the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources in India. The JDI seeks to strengthen technological, scientific and management capacities of MoEF&CC, the EU and other relevant partners from private and public sector along with the implementing partners in the field of Resource Efficiency.
Know more about Green Pledge, see: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india/45866/green-pledge-eu-missions-delhi_en
Know more about the Joint Declaration of Intend on Resource Efficiency: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/india/45883/european-union-and-india-sign-joint-declaration-resource-efficiency_en