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Waste management is a pressing global issue with far-reaching environmental and economic implications. As businesses and communities seek sustainable solutions, industry leaders are at the forefront of innovation and change. In this panel discussion, key stakeholders from diverse sectors shared insights into their companies’ waste management efforts, highlighting challenges and proposing solutions to address them.

Narasimhan Santhanam, Director, EAI was the moderator for the panel discussion. Here are the highlights and takeaways.

Insights from Industry Leaders:

  1. Acclaim Technology Services: Represented by Diwakar, the company has been focusing on converting waste into value through initiatives such as shell-to-shell charcoal and compressed biogas. Key challenges identified include regulatory hurdles in land conversion and the need for better waste collection and management policies.
  2. Akshayakalpa Organic: Vachana shared the company’s commitment to organic farming and waste reduction. She emphasized the importance of consumer consciousness and awareness in reducing waste generation. Initiatives such as zero-waste birthday parties and product innovation showcase their dedication to sustainability.
  3. LanzaTech: Varadarajan elaborated on the company’s efforts in converting biomass into valuable products like bio CNG. Challenges highlighted included high capital investment, lack of industry awareness, and corporate reluctance to adopt new technologies. They emphasized the need for government support and collaboration to scale up waste-to-value initiatives.
  4. Srinivasan Waste Management: Nagendran provided insights into the challenges of municipal waste management. He emphasized the importance of effective policy implementation and individual responsibility in waste segregation and recycling. Additionally, he proposed penalties for non-compliance and incentives for waste utilization to drive behavior change.

Proposed Solutions:

  1. Government Support: Industry leaders underscored the need for stronger government policies and incentives to promote waste utilization and sustainable practices. Suggestions included implementing tipping fees for waste disposal and penalizing non-utilization of land for productive purposes.
  2. Awareness and Education: Enhancing consumer awareness and education around waste management emerged as a key theme. Companies highlighted the importance of initiatives like school visits and public awareness campaigns to foster a culture of waste reduction and recycling.
  3. Collaboration and Innovation: Participants stressed the importance of collaboration between government, industry, and academia to drive innovation in waste management. They proposed establishing comprehensive waste management programs and leveraging technology to streamline processes and optimize resource utilization.

The panel discussion provided valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities in waste management. By addressing regulatory barriers, raising awareness, and fostering collaboration, industry leaders are poised to drive meaningful change towards a more sustainable future. As they continue to innovate and collaborate, their collective efforts hold the promise of a cleaner, greener planet for generations to come.

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About Narasimhan Santhanam (Narsi)

Narsi, a Director at EAI, Co-founded one of India's first climate tech consulting firm in 2008.

Since then, he has assisted over 250 Indian and International firms, across many climate tech domain Solar, Bio-energy, Green hydrogen, E-Mobility, Green Chemicals.

Narsi works closely with senior and top management corporates and helps then devise strategy and go-to-market plans to benefit from the fast growing Indian Climate tech market.

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