Circular economy (CE) is an industrial system alternative to highly extractive and resource-intensive linear economy principle of take-make-dispose. CE replaces the end-of-life concept with restoration and regeneration with usage of superior design of materials, products, systems and business models for waste elimination. CE aims at retaining value of resources, products and materials at their highest by keeping them in use as long as possible, minimizing wastage at each life-cycle stage, and extracting the maximum value through reusing, repairing, recovering, remanufacturing and regenerating products and materials at the end of each service value.
Considering the importance, NITI Aayog has entrusted the Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) to formulate action plan for implementation of circular economy principles in the e-waste sector to expedite the focus on CE and ensure the transition of India from a linear to a circular economy.
A draft action report on CE has been prepared by MeitY in consultation of subject experts from academicians, industry leaders, Government departments. This action plan focuses on lifecycle of electronics including stages of raw material acquisition, design, manufacturing/production stage, consumption to end of life (e-waste) management, and secondary raw materials utilization etc.
The draft action report may be accessed at the URL https://www.meity.gov.in/content/circular-economy-electronics-and-electrical-sector-policy-paper-and-action-plan MeitY2.44 MB is inviting valuable inputs/ comments/ suggestion on the draft latest by 15th June 2021 to Dr. Sandip Chatterjee, Scientist ‘F’ (email: sandip[at]meity[dot]gov[dot]in) before finalizing the draft.
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