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Ministry of Mines (MoM) in association with Ministry of Environment Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC), European Union-Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) & European Union (EU) is organizing an interactive Indo-European Meet on “Resource Efficiency in the Aluminum Industry with a Focus on Effective Utilization of Rec Mud (Bauxite Residue)” which will be Chaired by high officials of MoM & MoEFCC on 19th September, 2019 from 09:00 AM onward at Hotel Taj Mansingh (Hotel Taj Mahal), New Delhi.
Production of 1 tonne of primary aluminium leads to generation of about 8-10 tonne of waste materials, such as bauxite residue (red mud), fly ash, spent pot liner (SPL), dross etc. Although all these materials generated in huge quantities (millions of tons) have great potential for value added applications, most of them are discarded or dumped at specific landfills. The economic system, aimed at minimising waste and making the most of resources, is the need of the hour. Delegation of experts from Europe participating actively will enlighten about global and EU developments in the sector and specifically about ongoing Horizon 2020 Program under which three major projects (EnsureAl, RemovAl & SCALE) are in operation with aim to bulk utilize of bauxite residues (red mud). The delegation is part of European Union’s Resource Efficiency Initiative for India (EU–REI) which aims at supporting India in the implementation of the United Nations global Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) agenda by way of adapting international standards and best practices in business on resource efficiency and fostering the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources.
The Meet is expected to be widely attended by top executives from all three primary aluminium producing companies (NALCO, VEDANTA & HINDALCO), representatives from Govt organisations (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, CPCB, SPCB, BARC, IBM, Ministry of Road Transport, NHAI and BIS etc) as well as from user industry mainly cement where red mud can be consumed in bulk quantity. Day long deliberations will be held which will further boost the continued efforts, around the globe, aimed at bulk utilization of bauxite in economic manner.