Emphasising that circular economy and resource efficiency can provide solutions to the challenges posed in the process of reconciling economic growth with environmental sustainability, Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan has pointed to the need for corporate participation in building resource efficiency and a circular economy.
Theme of 13th Sustainability Summit:
- India has registered 1 per cent growth in its forest and tree cover, according to the latest report of Forest Survey of India.
- ‘PARIVESH’- is a single window clearance system in the spheres of Environment, Forest, Wildlife and Coastal Regulation Zone which will promote sustainable development.
- The Minister highlighted India’s affirmative action in embracing a sustainable lifestyle by aligning the 5 Ps – People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace and Partnership.
- The National Clean Air Action Plan and air quality monitoring infrastructure were highlighted as the Government’s key areas of focus.
About Sustainability Summit:
- The Sustainability Summit was organized by the Confederation Of Indian Industry.
- The conference featured unprecedented levels of consumption, present profound challenges to the wellbeing of society and natural environment.
- For the sake of everyone’s future, businesses are realizing to think forward and find solutions for sustainable development.
Dig – Deeper:
Defining Sustainable Development:
- Sustainable development is the organizing principle for meeting human development goals while at the same time sustaining the ability of natural systems to provide the natural resources and ecosystem services upon which the economy and society depend.
- The desired result is a state of society where living conditions and resource use continue to meet human needs without undermining the integrity and stability of the natural system.
- The modern concept of sustainable development is derived mostly from the 1987 Brundtland Report.
- As the concept developed, it has shifted to focus more on economic development, social development and environmental protection for future generations.
About Confederation of Indian Industry:
- The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) is a business association in India.
- CII is a non-government, not-for-profit, industry-led and industry-managed organization.
- Founded in 1895, it has over 9,000 members, from the private as well as public sectors, including SMEs and MNCs, and an indirect membership of over 300,000 enterprises from around 265 national and regional sectoral
- CII played a very important role during economic liberalisation in 1991 which knocked down the high walls of protection between Indian industry and the rest of the world.
- The CII Theme for 2018-19 is ‘India RISE: – Responsible. Inclusive. Sustainable. Entrepreneurial.’