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JUN 2023  

Our cover story of the month in TerraGreen on ‘India’s actions to beat plastic pollution’ underscores the significance of the collective and multifarious roles of the citizenry in addressing the global crisis – ‘plastic pollution’ which remained the key focus of the recent World Environment Day celebration through an innovative #BeatPlasticPollution campaign, hosted by Côte d’Ivoire. The need of the hour is to build synergy among various stakeholders like governments, industries, packaged goods companies, waste management workers, consumers, innovators, and the public—across the plastic value chain— and co-create plausible solutions.

India is the fifth-highest generator of plastic waste in the world. In 2022, India banned single-use plastic (SUP) items that have low utility but are often littered, harming land and marine ecosystems. From a utilitarian perspective, plastic waste generated in India is currently utilized for recycling, road construction, waste-to-energy plants, waste-to-oil plants, and in cement plants for co-processing. India has taken sound and effective measures for plastic waste management by putting a ban on SUP items (having low utility and high littering potential) and imposing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) on plastic packaging.

Other initiatives include a centralized EPR portal (single point data repository for EPR guidelines), the sale and purchase of EPR certificates (to set up a market mechanism), and environmental compensation for the non-fulfillment of EPR targets. In 2021, a Roadmap for Circular Economy for Plastics in India was developed by TERI that entailed three key priority areas, namely adoption of sustainable material solutions, increasing the supply of good quality secondary plastics feedstock, and promoting alternative uses of plastics waste. Considering the actions taken up at the national and state levels in India, a range of key considerations are needed to shape sustainable solutions for plastic waste management, including uncertainties related to alternatives to SUPs (with respect to environmental fate and socio-economic impacts), challenges faced by the industries, impacts on underprivileged communities, and the informal recycling sector.

   With this cover story and other articles of current interest, we hope that you enjoy reading this issue of TerraGreen and take a firm resolution of making our planet free from plastic pollution. Hope this online magazine provides an opportunity to reflect on the issue in question and connect researchers and practitioners to ponder over innovative solutions.

© TERI 2023

Nominations open for CSP Today India awards 2013

The inaugural CSP Today India awards ceremony takes place on March 12, and CSP developers, EPCs, suppliers and technology providers can now be nominated.

CSP has made tremendous progress since the announcement of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission in 2010. With Phase I projects now drawing closer to completion, the first milestone in India's CSP learning curve is drawing closer. CSP Today has chosen the next CSP Today India conference (12-13 March, New Delhi) as the time for the industry to reflect upon its progress and celebrate its first achievements.

At the awards ceremony, industry leaders will be recognized for their achievements in one of 4 categories: CSP India Developer Award, CSP India Engineering Performance Award, CSP India Technology and Supplier Award, and the prestigious CSP India Personality of the Year.

Matt Carr, Global Events Director at CSP Today, said at the opening of nominations that “CSP Today are excited to launch these esteemed awards, which will enhance the reputation of their recipients. I am particularly excited to launch the CSP India Personality of the Year award, a distinguished honor for the industry figure deemed worthy by their peers."

All eyes will be on the CSP Today India 2013 Awards when nomination entry closes on February 4 and the finalists are announced on February 11. The awards are open to all industry stakeholders to nominate until February 4 at or by e-mail to

Matt Carr
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