The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has collaborated with Centre for Environment Education (CEE), Ahmedabad to conduct a study of ways to minimize the negative environmental impacts of the Indian Textile Industry and to help develop a ‘Roadmap for Sustainable Textile Hub in India’.
This study is part of UNEP’s ongoing collaboration with the Ministry of Textiles, Government of India to promote sustainable practices of cleaner/ circular production. The textiles sector is highly significant for sustainability as it is the second largest sector of employment after agriculture. Readmore...
Awareness, training and capacity building on various aspects of environment management for different stakeholders including individual industries, industrial associations, common facility operators’ i.e. ETP, CETP, TSDF, CBMWIF, CHWIF and E-waste, students and faculties of technical/ R&D institutes/colleges, auditors and consultants and NGOs.
The group has organized 9 programmes for about 2000 participants in last three years on different aspects of environment like environmental legislations and compliance, wastewater treatment-reduce, reuse, recycle, ZLD and the air quality management programmes (Aerospectrum in the year 2015,’17 and ‘19), scientific solid/hazardous waste management and such others. A MoU is signed with GPCB-Gandhinagar and NEERI-Nagpur in this regard.
GIZ-Germany entrusted EMG the responsibility of organizing training programmes for awareness and skill development of operators and helpers of ETPs/CETPs for sustainable and efficient operation and maintenance of these facilities. The group conducted programmes each at Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Surat with the help of experts from CEE, CPCB, common facility operators and GPCB officials for more than 200 participants.
EMG provides technical and legal advice for compliance in environmental regulations in air, water and solid/hazardous waste management.
The report to address and provide solutions for issues related to wastewater disposal in GIDC Estate Sachin-Surat, Gujarat was submitted to Hon’ble NGT-Pune with reference to a PIL after all stakeholder consultations and monitoring about 100 textile units. All the 28 recommendations of this report are the part of the order of the court dated September 6, 2017 in the matter application no.50/2015 (M.A. no. 192/2015).
As a member of the committee for amendment of the Water and Air Rules constituted by GPCB submitted suggestions to simplify and make the rules more user friendly. This proposal is before the government of Gujarat.
As a member of the committee for strengthening of GPCB, submitted recommendations to strengthen GPCB.
Challenges against implementation of ZLD in textile processing Industries and clusters in India
The group provides expert advice on selection of treatment processes for wastewater treatment, air pollution control system and sound solid/hazardous waste management.
Suggested the cost effective and efficacious measures for EMS to the dye & dyes intermediates manufacturing industry proposed to be set up in Vadodara Dist. The unit is executing these recommendations.
Preparation of performance evaluation reports for enhanced compliance for ETPs/CETPs and other common facilities.
This is an ongoing project wherein EMG provides technical and statutory advice to a CETP authority in South Gujarat region to enhance its performance.
The group provides guidance for selection of sites for industry, CETP, TSDF and all other common facilities in accordance with SPCB/PCC and CPCB criteria.
Preparation of compliance reports for Consent to Establish (CTE/NOC), Environment Clearance Certificate (ECC) and CC&A for industries and all common environmental management facilities.
Preparation of air quality modules for designing of air pollution control action plans of towns and cities.
EMG prepared national module on advancing air quality management in the cities of India for CAA-New Delhi. This module will be useful to different cities of the India to prepare air pollution control action plan.
Waste to wealth projects-utilization of hazardous waste for building materials.
This is an ongoing lab scale R&D project, where there is successful utilization of 30% of hazardous from a common facility. The efforts are on to use more quantity of hazardous waste to increase the life of TSDF and eco-friendly waste management. This will lead to natural resource conservation and increase in the life of TSDF sites.
Implementation of sustainable production in textile sector.
This project was for textile units and EMG has submitted report with recommendations to implement.
Improved compliance for Common Biomedical Waste Management Facility.
CEE has its own common BMW facility at Gulbarga-Karnataka wherein EMG provides technical and legal guidance after site visits to improve compliance and efficient and waste management. After implementation of some of the recommendations, the facility has been able to increase its income and improve compliance.
All-inclusive eco-friendly municipal, plastic and E-waste management.
CEE has released a book on ‘Towards responsible plastic use on June 5, 2018 on the eve of WED-2018 with a view to creating awareness for sustainable use of plastics and efficient management of this waste amongst students and teachers.
For awareness and scientific channelizing of E-Waste, CEE has established an E-Waste collection Centre at Ahmedabad where every individual and all other generators of E-Waste can deposit their E-Waste and get compensation immediately. This centre has collected about 2000 kg of E-Waste from different sources. The E-Waste collected at CEE is finally sent to GPCB registered common E-Waste facility for reuse, recycle and scientific disposal.
EMG has released a book on poultry waste management after studying the existing waste management system, visiting 200 poultry shops and discussion with the stakeholders like AMC, poultry shops, students of LDCE-Ahmedabad and Hester Biosciences Ltd. The book shows the ways to recover valuable products from the waste and management of poultry waste in an eco-friendly manner.
Monitoring of quality of rivers, ponds, streams, canals, marine, estuaries etc. and submission of report about its status and remedial measures.
This is an ongoing project at Ahmedabad where the water quality of a canal at the upstream and the downstream is determined to study the impact of the functioning of industries in the industrial estate situated nearby. This report has helped GESCSL-Ahmedabad to inform enforcing agencies about the correct situation.
EMG provides guidance to the industries and common facility operators for compliance of environmental audit scheme (EAS) being implemented by GPCB as per the directions of the Hon’ble Gujarat High Court related technical and legal matter.
As a member of the environment committee of GCCI-Ahmedabad, EMG provides guidance to their members, Industries and common facilities to comply with the directions of Hon’ble NGT issued about CEPI and provisions of the W.A. -74, the A.A.-81 and the E.P.A.-86.
EMG submitted a report on climate literacy and marine litter management (CLMLM) campaign in four east coasts states of India and a union territory. MoEF&CC and GIZ supported this project. Twelve partner organizations were engaged. The project reached out to more than 3 lakh community members across 280 villages in the states and one union territory. The project was able to increase the local awareness on CC adaption and marine litter management by 62% and improve resilience of the communities through 25 pilot projects in addition to cleaning 143 km of coastline and establishment of dry waste resource collection centre.
CEE was the knowledge partner for the Earth Care Awards (ECA) organized jointly by JSW Foundation and the Times of India. A compendium of success stories was released by CEE in the year 2018.
Established as a Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India.