There’s a Big Need to Incentivise Package Recycling
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by Benedict Paramanand
10h ago
Edited excerpts of the SN Dialogue Series between Benedict Paramanand, Editor, SustainabilityNext with Rahul Nene, Head of Sustainability at Huhtamaki India. Tell us a little about Huhtamaki Huhtamaki is a Finnish company headquartered in Helsinki. It’s a 100-year-old company with a rich history in various businesses. We are majorly into food packaging. We aim to be the number one provider of sustainable packaging solutions across the globe. And, to be honest, sustainable packaging can mean different things to different people. Our approach is that it has to be science-based, data-based, and ..read more
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Focus on Decarbonizing Materials: Masood Mallick
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by SN Staff
10h ago
Waste management needs greater policy focus and investments in India. Governments, both central and states need to incentivize the adoption of good waste disposal and reuse initiatives. Small businesses need greater support. More than anything, the tax burden on recyclers is a big disincentive. The focus should be on extracting wealth from waste rather than making money from waste management companies. The 18% GST is bad for everyone in the waste ecosystem, including the government. This is a big disincentive for compliance. Waste management needs to be put on the priority sector list. It has ..read more
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Jaipur Zero Waste Model for India
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by Aruna Raghuram
10h ago
While travelling during his college days, Angraj Swami would see large dumpsites along the roads and ponder about the problem of solid waste management in India. After completing physics honours from Delhi University, he applied his mind to the problem. He set up a recycling unit in Delhi. One day he had an epiphany: the true challenge in this field lay not in the treatment of waste but in transforming human behaviour related to waste management. In 2014, Angraj founded ECOWRAP, a pioneering Jaipur-based waste management startup that uses innovative, technology-driven solutions. The venture i ..read more
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Catching Up With Regulations Biggest ESG Challenge
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by SN Staff
10h ago
BCT Digital, a global digital transformation company delivering FinTech, RegTech, and SustainTech solutions, in collaboration with Chartis Research, has published the findings of their extensive ESG and Climate Risk Survey. Titled ‘Chartis Market View: ESG and Climate Risk Survey’, it analyzes how global financial institutions are integrating ESG and climate risk factors into their risk management and investment decision-making processes. The survey captured insights from 77 ESG and climate risk practitioners representing financial institutions with assets under management ranging from $1 bn ..read more
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The Poor Indian Toy Bank
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by SN Staff
10h ago
In the Indian toy industry, organized toy manufacturers account for only 10% of the total production, while the remaining 90% comes from unregulated channels and mostly consists of plastic-based products. Affluent kids dispose of their used plastic toys which go into dumping yards. Kids from economically weaker sections hardly grow up playing with toys and learning aids.   Started in 2012, the Toy Bank, a non-profit organisation, offers a real solution to this problem by collecting used toys and distributing them to those in need across India. The Toy Bank works on a three-fold strategy ..read more
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India Needs Inclusive and Innovative Reforms in Real Estate Markets
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by Prof. Anil Gupta and Prof. Anamika Dey
10h ago
We think that India need not always ape the standards created by European societies but create its own standards. That requires us to think of larger connections among social, ecological, technological and cultural aspects of our meaningful and purposeful living. A home is a place of peace not just for its inhabitants but also for neighbors, communities, birds, squirrels, ants and butterflies, and above all the future generation. When regulation is often seen as coming in the way of ‘ease of doing business’, suggesting more regulations may imply an impediment in the path of growth. Till the p ..read more
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Native Trees to Replace Pine in Uttarakhand
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by SN Staff
10h ago
In May 2024, raging forest fires claimed five lives and set the hills of Uttarakhand on fire. The fire primarily affected various areas under the Kumaon division and devastated a significant portion of the forest cover, which played a major role in safeguarding the region’s biodiversity. Various rare, threatened, and endangered plant species, orchids, medicinal plants, animals and birds bore the brunt of the calamity.   In a major afforestation initiative that will help restore the area’s forest cover, social enterprise Grow-Trees.com, has launched the ‘Trees+ for the Himalayas’ pro ..read more
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Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham is First Again in Impact Ranking
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by SN Staff
2w ago
The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking has rated Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham first in India for the fourth consecutive time. It is ranked 81st in the world. The ranking included 2,152 universities from 125 countries and regions. This is the only global indicator to assess universities’ progress towards the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and their commitment to sustainability across key areas such as research, stewardship, outreach, and teaching. The 2024 results were announced during THE’s Global Sustainable Development Congress held in Bangkok on 10 June 2024. The Lond ..read more
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Impose Pollution Tax to Promote Green Jobs
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by Anjor Bhaskar
2w ago
On March 21, 2024, while hearing a plea to protect the Great Indian Bustard (GIB) from losing its habitat due to power transmission lines, the Supreme Court reiterated that citizens have a right to a clean environment as it is integral to the citizens’ Right to Life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution and the government must uphold this right. However, governments, both at the central and state levels, seem to be completely apathetic about it. Tellingly, discussions on the environment and climate change were absent throughout the entire election campaign despite the elections coin ..read more
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Let’s Announce More Prize Money for Solving Problems
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by Prof. Anil Gupta
2w ago
The innovation playground can be redesigned by blending it with several other tools that bring in the creativity and innovation of all the actors in the supply chain, within and outside the organisation. In Figure 1 of the matrix, there are 2 dimensions which are important drivers of innovation. The first is ‘inside out’, and the second is ‘outside in’. ‘Inside out’ implies the willingness of a company or an organization to share their own innovations with competitors, consumers, and other actors in society. ‘Outside in’ implies the willingness of the organization or company to learn from oth ..read more
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