Joint Declaration of Intent for Promotion of Best Available Techniques [BAT] not Entailing Excessive Cost
November 18, 2013, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB) is aiming at developing all round capabilities of its organization and its staff to protect the environment by preventing and controlling pollution through effective law enforcement and by adopting best environmental management practices to keep the state of Gujarat on the course of sustainable development. Keeping in view of above, GIZ, GPCB and German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) agreed to cooperate through a MoU for facilitating capacity building of GPCB to promote state-of-the-art environmental management and pollution control in the state of Gujarat. The MoU was signed on 6th April, 2013. The Gujarat Cleaner Production Centre (GCPC) has also been collaborating with GIZ in steering various IGEP activities in the state of Gujarat.
UBA representatives visited India from 18th November to 30th November and GIZ, GPCB and GCPC jointly took this opportunity to formally launch the MoU through a launching function organised on November 18, 2013 at GPCB office, Gandhinagar. The aim of the function was to apprise the relevant state govt. officials on various activities being undertaken and planned through this collaboration, which is expected to make a significant impact in the sustainable development of the state.
The launching function was chaired by Mr. Maheshwar Sahu, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary (Industries & Mines Department, Govt. of Gujarat) in the presence of Mr. Hardik Shah, Member Secretary (Gujarat Pollution Control Board), Ms. Bettina Rechenberg, Head, Administrative & Technical (UBA), Dr. Dieter Mutz, Director (GIZ-IGEP) and other officials from GPCB and GCPC.
Mr. Shah emphasised on the need of the ‘Pollution Prevention’ in curbing the negative environmental impact of various industrial operations. He expressed that the signing of the MoU is very right and timely and the coallaboration with UBA and GIZ, and various activities planned under this association would go a long way in making positive difference in the indsutrial environmental scenario in the state of Gujarat.
Mr. Sahu higlighted that for pilot project success four components are very important, which are - benchmarking, processes and systems customised to local environment, implementation, and monitoring. He expressed that the collaboration between GPCB, UBA and GIZ would immensely help in bridging the gap in meeting the planned objectives.
Ms. Bettina Rechenberg, Head, Administrative & Technical, German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA) was present during the launch function. She explained the perspectives and expectations of UBA with this cooperation. She said that UBA can share BAT knowledge, and can support the Indian context with their vast European experience.
Dr Dieter Mutz, Director of IGEP was present on behalf of GIZ-IGEP. He mentioned about the objective of the cooperation and its intent to facilitate the industries conserve their resources and in turn improve the quality of environment in Gujarat.
Mr. Bharat Jain, Member Secretary, Gujarat Cleaner Production Center (GCPC) delivered the vote of thanks and mentioned this cooperation as one of its kind and which will go a long way.
Objectives and Scope of Cooperation
The overall objective of the cooperation among the three partners is to facilitate promotion of Best Available Techniques (BAT) without entailing excessive cost in various industry sectors in India so as to strengthen environmental management and pollution control in the industries in these sectors. The industry sectors, to start with, will include:
- Textile sector;
- Pulp & paper sector; and
- Others, as may be identified from time to time.
- Capacities of identified stakeholders are strengthened in terms of knowledge and skills of the involved staff that are mandated with facilitating environmental improvements in industries.
- Knowledgebase strengthened in India by using BREF documents as well as exchange of knowledge and experiences from Germany.
- Customised reference documents developed for India for identified industry sectors.
- Pilot measures demonstrated in identified industries/sectors.
- Dialogue promoted among various stakeholders and voluntary commitments are promoted.
- Increased knowledge of industry, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders on BAT for facilitating improvements in industries.