Promoting EU - India collaboration in Environment
India’s environmental challenges are diverse and wide-ranging, requiring quick answers to prevent further degradation of the environment:
- Waste water: With depleting water resources, pressure on industry to recover and recycle waste water is mounting. More than 300,000 SMEs in India, with 90% of them employing no wastewater treatment, offer considerable scope for technology transfer.
- Clean Development Mechanism: India is a major player in the field of CDM. Projects are in the sectors of energy efficiency, fuel switching, industrial processes, municipal solid waste and renewable energy.
- Clean air technology: Urban air quality in India has been declining due to upward trends in power consumption, industrialization and vehicular use, crying for urgent technological solutions.
- Waste management: The growth in municipal solid waste in India’s urban centres has outpaced the population growth in recent years, needing viable cost effective solutions.
- Chemical management: A vast chemical industry, populated by SMEs, with poor environmental and safety standards, requires environmentally sound and sustainable management.
EBTC environment cluster focus areas:
Climate change, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM); clean water; clean air; waste management; chemicals management.