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Chemical industry to adopt Green Technology

The Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals in the Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers has taken the pledge to implement ‘Green Technology’ in the chemical industry at a recent workshop organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Mumbai, to improve the industry’s image from being one of the greatest contributors to pollution in the country.

This image is a major impediment to attracting talent and investment in this industry. It also faces regulatory hurdles due to this image. To eliminate these obstacles, the Department has accorded high importance to the subject ‘Green Technology’ in the chemical industry by including it in the Innovation Action Plan: 2013-14.

‘Green Technology’ is less detrimental to both environment and human health than traditional equivalents. Green chemistry encourages innovation, when applied early in development phase, and promotes creation of products that are both environmentally and economically sustainable.

The workshop on ‘Green Technology in the Chemical Industry’ as inaugurated by Dr A J V Prasad, Joint Secretary, Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals.  In his speech, Prasad highlighted the importance of embracing ‘Green Technology’ and urged the industry to come forward and contribute towards formulating the National Chemical Policy, deliberations around which are likely to start on December 9, 2013.

The Workshop also brought forth industrial case-studies by leading companies like Godrej Industries Ltd and Thirumalai Chemicals who have successfully implemented ‘Green Technology.’ Key opinion leaders like Nadir Godrej, Chairman, CII National Committee on Chemicals & Managing Director, Godrej Industries Ltd; R Mukundan, Managing Director, TATA Chemicals Ltd; and Prof (Dr) G D Yadav, Vice Chancellor, ICT, Mumbai shared their thoughts on subjects ranging from ready-to-commercialise technologies to challenges in implementation and adoption of green technology.