"Scrap usage in primary steel production to grow from 15% to 50% by 2047" – Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia
Union Minister for Civil Aviation and Steel Jyotiraditya Scindia said that Central Government stands firm on its commitment to the material recycling industry. The recycling industry contributes almost Rs. 10,000 crores to India’s GST. The Minister said that in the years to come GST contribution from the sector is expected to go up by Rs. 35,000 crores. It needs to be encouraged and pushed forward in today’s world.
Speaking at the plenary session of the 10th edition of the International Indian Material Recycling Conference organized by the Material Recycling Association of India (MRAI) in Kochi. "We are responsible as stakeholders for the generation that is yet to come, thus the material recycling sector is important,” the Union Minister said.
He pointed out that 22% of our steel is produced through recycling, but we need to include the informal sector for the development of the sector as well and said, “For our commitment to Net Zero by 2070, we can look at short term goals by using energy efficiency tools by 20% by 2030.”
Stressing that the steel industry is the sub-segment of the recycling sector, it must be at the forefront of adaptation and mitigation by joining hands with the principle of 6 Rs which include Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Recover, Redesign and Remanufacturing. The Minister envisioned that these principles of the six R's must become the embodiment of every good corporate governance structure.
Noting that the steel sector produces many forms of waste and the use of the waste across the world must be shown in multiple industries, Scindia said “We are working fervently on that goal”.
Emphasizing the growth registered in the sector, Jyotiraditya Scindia said in the last 8 years India has produced 25 million tonnes of scraps and bought 5 million tonnes. The production of steel was increased by almost 50 % from 80 million per annum to 120 million tonnes per annum. “22 % of our steel is produced through recycling. We must ensure that we should bring the informal sector to the formal sector as an amalgamation of that will give a new thrust to the recycling and circular economy sector, “he added.
'Scrap' is a virtuous word that denotes a green economy to sustain Mother Earth in the years to come. It is our commitment that by 2030 we should reduce CO2 emissions by 50% and being able to do that scrap is an extremely important source. The use of scrap not only saves energy and emissions but also saves the consumption of tonnes of iron ore, cooking coal, and limestone. With the Vision of 2047, today's 15% of scrap usage will increase to almost 25% in the next 5 years, which means the percentage of scrap for the production of steel should go up to 50%, with only 50% being dependent on iron ore, he added.
Material Recycling Association of India (MRAI) hosted the 10th edition of the International Indian Material Recycling Conference from 2nd - 4th February 2023 in Kochi. Th meet of global recyclers saw more than 1800 Delegates, including 450 Foreign Delegates from 38 countries. The conclave created focused on highlighting a deeper insight into maximizing the rate of recycling, protecting natural resources, minimizing environmental pollution, creating more employment opportunities, and helping achieve the sustainable development goal of India's commitment to carbon neutrality by 2070.
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WTO Young Professionals Programme 2023 Participants optimistic of broadening knowledge to benefit trade and environment
WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala welcomed the seventh cohort of participants in the WTO Young Professionals Programme on 30 January 2023. The 17 Young Professionals are from developing and least-developed country (LDC) members. They will spend the rest of the year in the WTO Secretariat to learn about the organization’s work and contribute to its activities.
The participants in the Young Professionals Programme were selected from more than 3,500 candidates after a competitive and merit-based selection process. The seventh cohort come from Barbados, Chinese Taipei, Côte d'Ivoire, Guatemala, Guyana, Jamaica, Kenya, Moldova, Nepal, Nigeria, Panama, Togo, Ukraine, Saint Lucia, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
Cherise Trotman from Barbados has said she expects the programme would be helpful to deepen knowledge in trade and environment topics and the multilateral trading system.
Citing reference to the preamble of the Marrakesh Agreement, Kimonique Powell from Jamaica said trade is about people. She further explained how trade means improving people's lives and livelihoods is at the centre of the work being conducted by the WTO. She is optimistic about the course to help her contributing to all areas of work at the WTO and, in particular, those issues that are of critical importance to the 'global commons' such as trade and development, food security, trade and the environment.
"Trade is a force multiplier for action towards sustainable development. As a Young Professional in the Trade and Environment Division, I look forward to immersing myself in discussions at the intersection of trade, climate change and the environment, and to contributing to global cooperation on all fronts in tackling the most pressing issues of our time.", mentioned Joan Lim of Singapore. The programme was launched in 2016.
WHO calls for action to eliminate killer toxic chemical trans fat
Industrially produced trans fat – commonly found in packaged foods, baked goods, cooking oils and spreads – is responsible for up to 500,000 premature deaths from coronary heart disease each year, said WHO.
While most trans fat elimination policies to date have been implemented in higher-income countries (largely in the Americas and in Europe), an increasing number of middle-income countries are implementing or adopting these policies, including Argentina, Bangladesh, India, Paraguay, Philippines and Ukraine. Best-practice policies are also being considered in Mexico, Nigeria and Sri Lanka in 2023. If passed, Nigeria would be the second and most populous country in Africa to put a best-practice trans fat elimination policy in place. No low-income countries have yet adopted a best-practice policy to eliminate trans fat.
Sarsawa airport project gets EAC Infra-II nod
Sarsawa airstrip project gets recommended by the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for Infra-II projects. The EAC chaired by Dr.Promode Kant in its 101st meeting on 20the January 2023 forwarded the recommendation. This was the only project taken up in the meeting. Earlier, in the 98th meeting of the EAC the project was deferred owing to inadequate EMP budget. The EAC had sought revised EMP from Airports Authority of India, the Project Proponent and EQMS India, the EIA Consultant. Now, the revised capital and recurring cost on EMP during construction phase will be Rs. 6.28 Lakhs and Rs. 25.83 Lakhs/year. respectively. During operation phase capital and recurring cost will be Rs. 124.15 Lakhs and Rs. 15.01 Lakhs/year, respectively.
Sarsawa Airstrip at Village Sherpur Naqeebpur, Tehsil Nakur, District Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh belongs to the Indian Air Force (IAF) and it currently handles civilian flights only for VIPs travelling to Saharanpur and neighbouring towns. The current proposal of Airports Authority of India is for establishment of terminal building and allied facilities for civilian use and integrate them with the existing IAF station.
The Expert Appraisal Committee (Infra-II) appraises projects related to airports 7(a); common hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facilities 7(d); common bio-medical waste treatment facilities 7(da); common effluent treatment plants 7(h); common municipal solid waste management facility 7(i); building and construction 8(a) and townships and area development projects 8(b). Dr. Ashish Kumar, Additional Director is the Member Secretary of the EAC.
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IPCC WG III Report highlights significance of lifestyle in climate discourse
Dr. Jim Skea, Professor at the Centre for Environment Policy, Imperial College London and currently the Co-chair of Working Group III (WG III) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) delivered a lecture today at Indira Pariyavaran Bhawan, New Delhi. The lecture focused on the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) with a special emphasis on lifestyle issues. A short film on sustainable lifestyles was screened by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
Dr. Jim Skea spoke about the structure of IPCC and described how IPCC has produced three special reports and three Working Group reports during the sixth assessment cycle. The three Working Groups emphasizing the following findings from WG III states that global emissions could be reduced by 40% - 70% by 2050 while satisfying people’s basic needs for nutrition, mobility and shelter while maintaining wellbeing. This could be achieved by demand-side management and lifestyles supported by infrastructure and technology.
it also emerged that IPCC AR6 Synthesis Report, which is on anvil, should incorporate findings from three Working Group Reports in a balanced manner reflecting developing country concerns including historical cumulative emissions, declining carbon budget, adequacy of means of implementation and minimizing the adaptation gap.
LG Delhi chairs first meeting of NGT constituted High Level Committee for Yamuna clean-up
As per the Order issued by National Green Tribunal (NGT) on the 9th of January 2023, Lieutenant Governor of Delhi chaired the 1st Meeting of the High-Level Committee (HLC). In the said Order, the NGT constituted HLC for cleaning and rejuvenation of the river Yamuna. The meeting was attended by Senior Officers of the stakeholder departments and agencies of Govt of India and Govt of National Capital Territory of Delhi. As per a communication from the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, the meeting deliberated upon a concrete future plan of action.
The communication also stated that time bound action plan on 8 parameters such as Augmenting Sewage Treatment through STPs, Trapping and Cleaning of Drains, Sewage Network in UA Colonies/JJ Clusters, Septage and Restoration of Flood plains, a six-month Action plan till June 2023, with monthly targets, was decided upon.
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Applicant challenges Joint Committee report on illegal constructions in Pench Tiger Reserve Area
Capt. Brajesh Bharadwaj from Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh has made a legal intervention and objected the Joint Committee Report submitted to the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on 26th July 2022 in OA No. 452/2022.
Capt. Bharadwaj has sought NGT's direction for restoration measures of the pond by removing stone pitching and remove all high mud mounds around it; removal of all fencing above 4 feet around the pond and on the entire properties in the ESZ of the Pench Tiger Reserve Seoni for ease of passage of wild animals to drink water and for the unhindered tiger dispersal, removal of rooms and demolition of the soak pits/septic tank within 100 meters of the pond.
In a 23 page reply he has also submitted before the NGT to direct respondents to fill the entire trench (garland drain) along the jungle side and also to obtain one season Rapid EIA report from State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur.
The Tribunal constituted a Joint Committee comprising of the Regional Office of MoEF&CC, Bhopal, Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (HoFF), Director, Pench Tiger Reserve Seoni, Madhya Pradesh, State PCB and District Collector, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh.
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SEIAA Punjab EC Amendments claim lesser pollution load, better energy efficiency without any supporting data
In the 229th meeting of State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), Punjab out of several applications, two proposals sought amendment in Environmental Clearance (EC). The SEIAA Punjab okayed EC amendment proposals of Ajar Amar Steel Concast and Aarti Steel Limited.
Ajar Amar Steel Concast has now proposed to install one Induction Furnace of capacity 30TPH instead of two furnaces of capacities 10TPH and 20TPH, as per the earlier EC granted. It is stated that there will be no change in the production capacity of the industry. The SEIAA Punjab has also stated that Ajar Amar Steel Concast has claimed that by installation of single energy efficient furnace instead of two furnaces will cause substantial decrease in energy consumption, manpower and space requirement resulting in reduction of the environmental load of the project. However, SEIAA Punjab has not declared any data in this regard.
Aarti Steel Limited also sought amendment in EC for manufacturing of steel Billets/Ingots and rolled /Flats at Village Harian, in Ludhiana District of Punjab. The SEIAA has stated that earlier the EC was granted to the industry for production of steel billets/ingots and rolls/flats to tune of 2,90,500 TPA with the installation of 3 No. of induction furnaces of capacity 8 TPH, 2X25 TPH, 1 CCM and 1 LRF of capacity 30 TPH. Now, the industry has proposed to install 2 Induction Furnaces of capacity 8 TPH and 15 TPH and an Electric Arc Furnace of capacity 35 TPH. The SEIAA states that it was apprised about a decrease in pollution load due to the change in the type and capacity of the furnaces. Further, the industry has proposed to switch over to PNG instead of furnace oil in near future which will further reduce the pollution load. Nevertheless, SEIAA Punjab has not given any scientific data to support this claim. But they have given an additional condition that "The industry shall provide fourth hole in the lid of the Arc furnace fume extraction system which will be attached with spark arrester followed by bag filter house as APCD. Further, the fume extraction system and bag filter house including spark arrester shall be adequately designed to contain the Air Pollutants within the permissible limits."
Non-coal Mining Ops may commence in non-forest land before Stage-II FC
The Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in its 27th December 2022 decided that in mining leases having forest as well as non-forest land, working on non-forest land without ensuring the separate mining plan or lease for the non-forest land may create fait accompli situations, which is not desirable in terms of directions contained in the Supreme Court orders. Therefore, the Committee decided that after obtaining the Stage-I approval, deposition of compensatory levies and environment clearance, the State/UT Government or authorities concerned should prepare a separate Mining Plan or execute a separate mining lease for full or part of non-forest land involved in the mining lease before allowing mining operations in the non-forest land of such mining leases.
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PMO holds high level meeting on Joshimath
New Delhi: Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, Dr P K Mishra held a high-level review of building damage and land subsidence in Joshimath today 8th January 2023. Cabinet Secretary; Home Secretary; senior officials of Government of India; and members of National Disaster Management Authority, Chief Secretary and DGP of Uttarakhand, DM and Officials of Joshimath; Senior officers of Uttarakhand; and experts from IIT Roorkee, National Institute of Disaster Management, Geological Survey of India, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology also attended the review through VC.
According to a government press release, the Chief Secretary Uttarakhand informed that a strip of land with a width of around 350 meters is affected. One team of NDRF and four teams of SDRF have reached Joshimath. The district administration is working with the affected families to evacuate and relocate them to safer places with adequate arrangements for food, shelter and security. SP and Commandment of SDRF are stationed at the site. Residents of Joshimath are being informed of the developments and their cooperation is being sought. Advice of experts is being sought to formulate the short-medium-long term plans.
Further, Secretary, Border Management and all four members of NDMA will visit Uttarakhand on 9th January. They will undertake a detailed assessment on the findings of the technical teams (NDMA, NIDM, NDRF, GSI, NIH, Wadia Institute, IIT Roorkee) that have just returned from Joshimath and advice State Govt. on immediate, short-medium-long-term actions to address the situation.
The Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister stressed that the immediate priorities for the state should be the Safety of the people living in the affected area. State Government should establish a clear and continuous communication channel with the affected people. Immediate efforts should be to arrest the deterioration in the situation through practical measures that may be feasible. An inter-disciplinary investigation of the affected area should be undertaken. Experts from a range of central institutions— National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Geological Survey of India (GSI), Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology (WIHG), National Institute of Hydrology (NIH) and Central Building Research Institute (CBRI) should work closely with the state of Uttarakhand in the spirit of “Whole of Government” approach. A clear time-bound reconstruction plan must be prepared. Continuous seismic monitoring must be done. Using this opportunity, a risk sensitive urban development plan for Joshimath should also be developed.
It may be noted that the land of the Joshimath has been sinking because of weak foundation and enhanced toe erosion, coupled with the incessant rainfall and floods in the recent past. It is estimated that human activity remains the biggest contributor.
Joshimath is considered the gateway to famous pilgrimage sites like Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib and international skiing destination Auli. Experts believe that other tourist areas like Uttarkashi and Nainital are also at risk of land sinking, putting the lives of hundreds and thousands of people at risk.
Gujarat SEIAA on Undari Limestone Mine
New Delhi: The State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) Gujarat has posted Agenda/ Minutes of Meeting pertaining to Undari Limestone Mine. The SEIAA has sought Compliance Report from Regional Office, MoEF&CC. It is applicable for projects already having EC.
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MoEF&CC clarifies EC validity
New Delhi: The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has issued a further clarification on the amendment to EIA Notification 2006 earlier issued on 12th April 2022 bearing S.O. No. 1807(E) with regard to validity of Environment Clearance (EC).
The period of EC validity may be extended by a maximum period of two years in the case of River Valley projects, five years in the case of Nuclear power projects, Twenty years to Mining projects and One year in the case of projects other tha River Valley, Nuclear and Mining, if an application is made in the specified proforma to the regulatory authority by the applicant within the validity period of the existing EC.
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FICCI - IWA organizing Internationl Conference on Water Reclamation, Reuse from 15th Jan
New Delhi: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has scheduled to host the 13th IWA International Conference on Water Reclamation and Reuse to be held from 15th – 19th January 2023. The central theme of the conference is “Water Reuse: Overcoming the Challenges of Growth and Climate Change”. The event intends to help progress towards the creation of sustainable water reuse solutions through multidisciplinary cooperation and learning from the extensive experience already gathered in countries around the world. The framework surrounding the central theme of the conference will deal with the full range of topics relating to water reclamation and reuse. There will be a focus on innovations and solutions that address water stress in integrated fashion from the three different angles of water reuse adoption, water reuse implementation and the removal of water reuse bottlenecks. Registrations can be done through https://iwareuse2023.com/registration.html
Standalone Re-rolling units, Cold rolling units need EC
22nd July 2022
On 20th July 2022, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has directed all the standalone re-rolling units or cold rolling units, which are in existence and in operation as on the date of the notification dated 20th July 2022, with valid Consent to Establish (CTE) and Consent to Operate (CTO) from the concerned State Pollution Control Board or the Union territory Pollution Control Committee, as the case may be, shall apply online for grant of Terms of Reference (ToR) followed by Environment Clearance. #EIA #MoEF To get such updates Subscribe to Enviro Annotations.