India becomes first Asian continent country to launch ‘Plastics Pact’

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India becomes first Asian continent country to launch ‘Plastics Pact’

India becomes first Asian continent country to launch ‘Plastics Pact’

The India Plastics Pact (IPP) was launched at the 16th Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Annual Sustainability Summit as collaboration between the World Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF) and the ‘Confederation of Indian Industry’.

IPP is an ambitious and collaborative initiative. It provides a platform to businesses, governments, researchers, NGOs and other stakeholders.

The IPP has set time-bound goal-based commitments to transform the existing linear plastic system into a ‘circular plastic economy’.

The IPP will be linked to other plastics agreements globally.

Its purpose, goals and ambitions are to be in line with the circular economy principles of the Allenmac Arthur Foundation’s new plastic economy.

The first Plastic Pact was launched in the United Kingdom in the year 2018.

Need for India Plastic Pact (IPP)

  • India generates 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, of which 40 percent is not collected.
  • By the year 2050, greenhouse gas emissions from plastics could reach more than 56 gigatons, accounting for 10-13 percent of the remaining carbon budget.

Other Government Initiatives:

  • The GloLiter Partnership Project has been launched to prevent and reduce marine plastic waste generated by shipping and fishing.
  • To make India free from single use plastic by the year 2022, single use plastic has been banned.
  • The Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules, 2021 ban specific single-use plastic items.
  • Plastic Hackathon 2021 campaign was also organized.

Source – The Hindu

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