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Welcoming India’s rapid industrialisation, but with less environmental pollution and more efficient use of resources.
Industry is vital for creating broad-based economic growth. The Government of India is investing in industrial development on a massive scale, much of it concentrated in designated industrial zones. There are already 3,000 such zones and more are in the pipeline. Over the next 10 years the manufacturing sector is expected to contribute 25% of GDP and generate one hundred million jobs, reinforcing India’s status as a global economy and lifting millions of Indians out of poverty.
In 2009, India’s Central Pollution Control Board declared 150 river stretches and 43 industrial
areas critically polluted by hazardous waste, effluent and emissions. Without concerted action to reduce negative environmental impacts, further industrialisation could aggravate the problem.
India’s national and state governments are committed to protecting the environment. GIZ’s SEIP project is working with the national Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and state authorities in Uttarakhand, Gujarat and Delhi on framework policies, plans and guidelines to improve resource efficiency and reduce pollution in industrial zones nationwide. Indian businesses are increasingly aware of the cost of not using resources efficiently.
Technical solutions and improved management processes have been shown to enhance resource
efficiency and reduce acute environmental pollution, particularly from industrial effluent and solid waste. SEIP is implementing these approaches in selected industrial areas, engaging with public and private sector actors, opinion leaders and change-makers, many of whom are women. Pollution levels in the surroundings of the targeted industrial areas are expected to fall by 20%. A virtual platform, seminars, events and other activities involving industry associations, companies and CETP operators, will help share best practices and demonstrate the tangible improvements that can be made to both company profits and the environment.