One day State Workshop on “Environment Friendly Techniques in Identified Industry Sectors – Pulp & Paper
February 27, 2013;COE (Center of Excellence), Phase - I, GIDC Vapi, Gujarat - 396 195 (Gujarat)
A regional workshop on “Environment Friendly Techniques in Pulp & Paper Sector” was held on February 27, 2013 at the Center of Excellence, GIDC Industrial Estate, Vapi (Gujarat). The workshop aimed at gathering inputs for identifying core issues associated with environmental improvements and identifying actions needed for enabling improved performance in the pulp & paper sector. Representatives of the government, pollution control authorities, pulp & paper industry, technology providers, academicians, consultants and research bodies were present. The workshop was implemented under the aegis of the Indo German Environment Partnership (IGEP) Programme which is jointly implemented by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) of the Government of India and Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).
One of the priority areas of the ongoing Indo German Development Cooperation is “Urban and Industrial Environmental Policy & Management”. The Indo German Environment Partnership (IGEP) Programme forms a part of this priority area, under which technical cooperation is being provided to the identified Indian partner organisations by GIZ, on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The Indian paper industry is one the largest and oldest sectors in the country and amongst the most important in the economy in terms of output, investment and employment. The paper manufacturing process is characterized by the high consumption of resources like electricity, fuel, water and a variety of chemicals in a long process sequence that generates a significant amount of waste, wastewater and emissions. The paper sector could potentially benefit by making improvements targeting resource efficiency, process improvements, energy efficiency and reduced negative environmental impacts. By employing appropriate technologies, both environmental and economic gains can be achieved. With this background, the regional level workshop was held targeting pulp & paper industries from Vapi and the region to deliberate on the issues.
The programme included the following technical sessions as below with 12 technical presentations covering various topics:
- Technical Session I: Environmental Policies, Laws and Challenges
- Technical Session II: Technological Aspects for Improved Environmental Performance in Pulp & Paper Sector
The inaugural session had Dr. K. U. Mistry, Chairman of Gujarat Pollution Control Board, Mr. Ashok Shukla, President of Vapi Industrial Association, Mr. M. M. Jivani, Chief Engineer of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation, Mr. A. K. Shah, Chairman of the Center of Excellence Vapi, Mr. Raghu Babu, Senior Technical advisor and Programme Coordinator of GIZ (IGEP) and Mr. Bharat Jain, Member Secretary of Gujarat Cleaner Production Center.
The workshop had over 80 participants. The concluding session was focused on group discussions and suggestions from participants on:
- Policy/Legal/Regulatory Aspects – Challenges and Opportunities
- Technological aspects – Challenges and Opportunities
- Roles of Key Stakeholders (industries, industrial associations, government, regulatory bodies) – innovative approaches/actions, capacity building requirement.
Images from the workshop
Media Coverage, Asli Azadi, Local Daily