The European Union’s Delegation to India under its Resource Efficiency Initiative hosted the Circular Economy Mission to India from Sept 4-7, 2018. Mr Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries - European Union led a high-level delegation of over 80 delegates representing 16 Member States of the EU, who engaged with Indian government and over 300 businesses, entrepreneurs and NGOs over the four days for knowledge and policy exchange, and to explore business partnerships for the circular economy transition. Indian and EU stakeholders expressed interest in collaborating and partnering in various areas to accelerate transition towards a regenerative and restorative Circular Economy from the current model of linear economy. Over 140 business to business meetings were facilitated between EU and Indian stakeholders and many partnerships explored with some announcing their clear intent to cooperate. Collaboration, many experts reiterated, will remain key to developing innovative circular economy models.
Commissioner Vella also held several bilateral meetings with his counterparts of key ministries and departments involved in circular economy and resource efficiency in India, including Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Water Resources, Industry & Commerce, Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. He also joined a roundtable discussion organized by NITI Aayog with high-level participation from Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Mines and Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to discuss the implementation of India’s Resource Efficiency Strategy.