ICCE launches India's first lab dedicated to Circular Economy and Mission LiFE
Mumbai, 19th Nov'22
International Council for Circular Economy in collaboration with Mumbai Educational Trust, MET League of Colleges Institute of Management launched India’s first lab dedicated to #CircularEconomy and #MISSIONLife.
Mr. Pankaj Bhujbal, Hon. Trustee, MET while addressing the august gathering of academia and industry besides students, expressed his enthusiasm about the upcoming launch of India’s 1st Circular Lab at MET IOM, which added to the excitement.
Ms. Shalini Goyal Bhalla, Managing Director, ICCE shared her story about starting the work towards the circular economy model back in 2018. She discussed how this subject has evolved in India. She also discussed how a small movement started by her gained huge support to spread awareness amongst society.
The lab was inaugurated by Dr. Ramesh Unnikrishnan, Adviser – AICTE in the presence of stalwarts in the field of environment and sustainability such as Mr. Atul Bagai, Country Head, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Mr. Anirban Ghosh, Chief Sustainability Officer, Mahindra University, Mr. Rahul V Podaar, Managing Director, The Shakti Plastic Inc and Mr. Karan Thakkar, Founder and CEO, Threco-The Recycling Co., Piotr Barczak, Senior Policy Officer at EEB and many more delegates, academicians, industry professionals and media.
The living laboratory is expected to provide seamless transfer of knowledge from research findings, reusability and replicability tools to help foster effective transformational solutions for business and society. They would prepare & equip students with the core principles of Circular Economy, sustainability, Climate Change and Mission Life fundamentals that are needed to solve today’s problems through innovative business solutions. They also help the existing incubation/hatcheries/accelerator infrastructure in colleges to develop business ideas to further be supported through pre-incubation & incubation process.
Because in a globalized supply chain, moving towards a circular economy requires international cooperation, we believe that large economies such as the EU and India have a key role to play in the global transition towards a circular economy and a lot to gain from stronger business cooperation and aligned legislation.
The launch also saw the inaugural of International Research Conference Circular Economy Transitioning Towards A Circular Economy – Opportunities & Challenges’, Dr. Swati Lodha, Director, MET IOM set the tone of event by giving an overview of the concept of the Circular Economy and its impacts.