The German Federal Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), under its International Climate Initiative (IKI), commissioned GIZ to implement jointly with the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) a three-year project until April 2017 titled “Fostering Resource Efficiency and Sustainable Management of Secondary Raw Materials” (in short: Resource Efficiency).
The focus of the initiative is on resource-efficient utilization of raw materials, especially minerals and metals since they are critical to the fast-growing Indian economy.
In October 2015, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India set up the Indian Resource Panel (InRP) to advice the Government of India and relevant stakeholders on the potential and opportunities for enhancing resource efficiency (RE) and productive use of secondary raw materials (SRM) in the Indian Economy.
The first task of the ERP was to conduct policy analysis to assess to what degree resource efficiency and the use of secondary raw materials are reflected in the existing policies and programs of the Government of India. This has been discussed in the 1st Industry Consultation on Indian Resource Panel Policy Mapping on Resource Efficiency held in December 2016.
The ERP is currently in the process of developing the framework for a holistic Indian Resource Efficiency Program (IREP) along with specific recommendations for policy interventions.
Now, the second consultation with industry stakeholders will focus on the proposed Indian Resource Efficiency Program (IREP) under development.
The objective of the workshop is to gather input and feedback on the key building blocks for designing a resource efficiency programme for India.
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The way forward is that the policy mapping developed by GIZ along with InRP, other InRP input papers on business models, resource efficiency standards and the outcomes of the pilots demonstrating economic, environmental, social viability will all together feed into the Stakeholder Consultations. This will help to develop an Overarching Policy Framework towards a National RE Program/Strategy. With further stakeholder consultation, they will start a Political Decision Process on National RE Strategy. This resource efficiency project will be continued in India for another three years with the support from European Union. Mr. Becker concluded with a hope to have a fruitful discussion during the brainstorming session of the consultation and receive feedback on the importance of resource efficiency on the focused areas and businesses.