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Circular Economy: An alternative development pathway for India

2020-03-24T07:47:53+00:00February 15th, 2019|2019, Global Edition – February 2019, Home Page|

An entrepreneur delves into the tremendous untapped potential of circularising the Indian economy to accelerate growth and job creation. In 2010, India consumed close to one-twelfth of the total raw materials extracted globally. Being one of the fastest growing economies globally, with a growing population anchored around an aspirational middle class and unprecedented levels of urbanisation, India will nearly triple its demand for primary raw materials to 15 billion tonnes by 2030 if it follows the current linear economy model [...]

Energy, opportunity, leadership: Why it’s India’s time to shine

2018-05-30T12:48:29+00:00August 16th, 2017|2017/2018, August 2017, Guest Columns, Year|

A UN climate expert believes India is on the cusp of becoming a global leader in the field of sustainability. There are three things that, for me at least, best characterise modern India. And it is because of these qualities that I’m so convinced that the country is on the cusp of becoming a global leader in climate action and sustainability. Firstly, from independence to today, India has always steered a unique course –confident in its own path. It’s also [...]

Investing in toilets not such a waste

2018-12-04T13:36:14+00:00September 15th, 2016|2016, Flagship Schemes, India Investment Journal September Edition, Year|

The founder of a leading social movement in India believes Global Indians can offer the perfect solution to India’s shortage of toilets. The founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak, has called on Global Indians to invest in the Swachh Bharat mission to make India open defecation free by 2019. Dr Pathak, who was recently in London to attend a conference on Smart Cities, said non-resident Indians (NRIs) in the UK and around the world can play a vital role to help India build nearly 12 crore toilets by 2019 [...]

Getting Make in India a patent to succeed

2018-12-04T12:02:09+00:00July 8th, 2016|2016, Digital India, India Investment Journal June/July Edition, Year|

A patent agent offers his take on India’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) legislation, measures being taken to combat infringement and how they tie in with the Make in India programme. The 21st century belongs to entrepreneurs. Keeping that in mind the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government of India, announced The National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy on May 13, 2016. The aim of the policy is to create awareness about economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs [...]

Engaging with the true potential of waste

2020-03-18T11:29:04+00:00July 8th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal June/July Edition, Year|

Pronita Saxena is Founder & CEO of Citizengage, a start-up aimed at building technology for residential and commercial communities to self-manage their waste by connecting with waste collectors, processors, and recyclers. Here she explains what makes this Bengaluru-headquartered initiative work, how India has a better understanding of waste management than the West and why technology is the key. What is the ethos behind your start-up idea? We want to prevent any waste that can produce energy, compost, or recycled products [...]

Swachh Bharat interventions to avert a ticking time bomb

2018-12-04T11:50:43+00:00July 8th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal June/July Edition, Year|

The chief of Max India’s CSR initiatives explains why the Clean India mission is the perfect avenue for corporates to make a difference. Prime Minister Modi's Swachh Bharat Mission is a timely call for action which is urgently required. India seems to be sitting on a time bomb of garbage, which could explode into serious health hazards with far reaching repercussions. The ticking has started. Basics like clean drinking water, toilet facilities and proper solid waste disposal are not in [...]

Moving India towards a Zero Waste model

2018-12-04T10:49:14+00:00April 28th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

The founder-member of Saahas ZeroWaste start-up gives her insights into how their business model is revolutionising waste management and recycling in India and why the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan needs a more wider focus. Indian citizens are catching on to the Saahas Zero Waste model. In cities like Bangalore there is also a good eco-system for zero waste systems. Our Municipal Corporation now has a bulk waste policy which makes it mandatory for all entities generating more than 50kg of waste [...]

Making waste pay the Indian way

2018-12-04T10:51:27+00:00April 28th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

Pom Pom is cashing in on a very traditional Indian concept of ‘kabadi’ or selling your waste for money. As a concept deeply rooted in the Indian ethos, it has found an easy fit with the Clean India programme. The idea of individuals selling their waste and making money out of it has always existed in India, and many developing countries for that matter. Even if the individual household doesn’t directly recycle, there is an informal system running at the [...]

A tech solution to the waste problem

2018-12-04T10:52:28+00:00April 28th, 2016|2016, Clean India, India Investment Journal April/May Edition, Year|

EnCashea is a company that leverages technology to find everyday solutions to the problem of waste management. We explore with its co-founder if the concept has a resonance with the traditional Indian outlook towards recycling. Leveraging the existing kabadiwala (waste/scrap collector) network to build a scalable and socially-responsible enterprise sounds like a great idea. However, from our initial experience in trying to implement such a model, we realised that maintaining a high service quality isn't possible with such a model. [...]