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Environmental solutions under one roof

Monday, September 11, 2017
By Dominic Rebello

(L-R) Tushar Alekar, Commercial Director, Messe Muenchen India. Dr. Suresh Kulkarni, Secretary, Maharashtra Water Resources Regulatory Authority, Sameer Unhale, Additional Commissioner, Thane Municipal Corporation. Dr. Shrikar Dole, Founder & CEO, SDG Foundation.

IFAT 2017 to highlight Environmental, Waste Management Issues and Solutions

Management of municipal solid waste (MSW) is becoming a severe problem alongside air pollution becoming an area of key concern in India, and the Government of India is extensively focusing on the environment sector and deterrent steps to counter these threats, which will be highlighted with innovative technology and other solutions at the three-day IFAT India 2017 in Mumbai from September 26, according to Bhupinder Singh, CEO of Messe Muenchen, India.

Maharashtra alone with its 262 local bodies generates around 21,867 tonnes of MSW daily with 86.7% waste coming from class A cities, while over 80% of Indian cities violate the prescribed standard of air quality, Singh said, while noting that conferences, training workshops, product presentations, besides a new initiative 'Business to Government Forum', will be highlighted at this event.

Dr. Ajay Mathur, Director General, TERI, said, “Today, climate change is a real threat and its manifestations are becoming apparent. In today’s globally interconnected society, it is more important than ever to build a policy framework that can evolve and adapt rapidly to this growing threat. Trade fairs like IFAT India help in creating awareness about the environmental issues and address these challenges.”

The trade show will also provide an opportunity to industry experts, policy makers and business leaders to discuss regional strategies on numerous environmental challenges and seek solutions through formal interactions.

While increase in green cover can reduce suspended particulate in the air, co-processing in cement kilns is a good choice for waste management as it reduces need for landfills, pollution caused by dumping, greenhouse gas emissions, environmental impact through mining, cost of cement and dependence on primary source markets, according to IFAT sources.

Segregation is the key to solving municipal solid waste issues and this is being successfully implemented in Vengurla (Maharashtra,) and Madukkarai (South India), besides also in Panjim and other cities in Goa – whose plastic waste is sent for co-processing to certain cement plants for environment-friendly disposal, an official said, while another observed that many solutions were available for disposing of municipal waste including generating electricity without emissions.

IFAT India 2017 is expecting over 170 participants from 18 countries. Among them are market leaders like L&T, Thermax, Ion Exchange, Ramky, Aqseptance Group, Endress+Hauser, Excel, Kirloskar Brothers, Kishor Pumps, Tata Projects, Wilo, Siemens, Lanxess, Astral Poly, Xylem, CRI Pumps, LG Chem, Wipro Water and many more. The 2017 edition will also feature country pavilions from China, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

With the latest technology offering, major companies participating in the event, offer hope and solutions to the government and people that steps taken in the right directions can still help protect the environment. The event brings together and inspires solution providers, practitioners and decision-makers to share knowledge and experience that pertains to proven and innovative environmental technologies.

An official from Merus, the participating company said that focus was on treating waste water in nullahs as such water went into lakes and ponds with the result that most lakes were full of sewage rather than water. However, such waste water could be treated successfully through various solutions including the “Merus Ring” technology -- where a ring was simply placed over the existing waste/sewage pipes -- and other methods for generating 1MW energy from one tonne of waste, including getting 2.1MW energy from one tonne of plastic waste.

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