With an aim to enhance resource efficiency (RE) and resource security of the Indian economy and industry, NITI Aayog along with European Union Delegation to India have developed a Strategy on RE along with an action plan. The plan of action for implementation of RE Strategy is receiving due support from the European Union (EU) funded Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) led by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in consortium with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and adelphi. The strategy recognises the emergent need to use resources judiciously in order to sustain long-term development and well-being in the Indian society. Under the core action plan of the Resource Efficiency Strategy. The objective of the regional workshop on “Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy” is to support the capacities of the Telangana government along with its different departments, industry and other major stakeholders for enhancing RE in the State, and towards supporting the implementation of the RE Strategy released by the Niti Aayog. As an outcome of the workshop, a Status Paper on Resource Efficiency in Telangana is proposed to be prepared. As one of the thirteen mineral rich states with nearly 82 mines, hub of software, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries, Telangana is an ideal state for championing RE and Circular Economy (CE) in the country.
The aim of the workshop was to do awareness creation and capacity building on RE and CE under the Strategy on Resource Efficiency in State of Telangana. The workshop was attended by the Mr. Ajay Mishra, Principal Secretary, Environment, Forests, Science & Technology, Government of Telangana, Mr. K.S. Venkatgiri, Executive Director and Head, Confederation of Indian Industries - Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre (CII-GBC), Mr. E.V. Narsimha Reddy, Vice Chairman & managing Director, Telangana State Industrial Infrastructural Corporation (TSIIC), Mr. Kalyan Chakravarthy, Director General, Environment Protection Training and Research Institute, Dr. S. Rajesh Kumar, Scientist, C-MET, experts, academicians, industry delegates representing IT, construction, solar and other sectors. Over the course of the workshop, expert participants from government, industry and academia discussed the building blocks and elements for developing a Status Paper on RE and CE in the Status along with a Strategic plan of Action of the State.