The linear take–make–waste approach, i.e., from extraction of raw materials to the product disposal stage, not only contributes to a constant chain of natural resources’ use but also to a huge economic share on managing waste. Once waste is produced, money, manpower, and additional resources must be spent to manage it. The best and least expensive means of waste management is to reduce the amount of waste generated at the source itself and then gradually transition to a circular economy.

Promotion of Countermeasures Against Marine Plastic Litter in Southeast Asia and India

This report encapsulates the implementation of the project, Promotion of Countermeasures against Marine Plastic Litter in Southeast Asia and India, by Development Alternatives with the support from UNEP in two cities – Haridwar and Prayagraj. The project aimed at reducing the usage of plastic and its disposal in river Ganga, through various awareness campaigns, clean-up drives and capacity building programs. It also aims to build a common platform where different stakeholders can join hands to initiate measures to remove plastic from the river.

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Mainstreaming Material Flow Assessment to Enhance Resource Efficiency of Construction Sector

This policy brief is based on a study on Analysing Resource Flows in Indian Cities (with a focus on the Construction Sector), undertaken as part of European Union’s Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) in India. The policy brief focuses on resource flows in the construction sector in two cities – Ahmedabad and Bhubaneswar and points to possible actions that may be taken at the city level for reducing virgin resources consumed by the sector through utilisation of secondary resources. In this brief priority areas for policy-action at the city level have been identified for resource efficiency of the construction sector.

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Resource Efficiency in the Indian Construction Sector

The construction sector is an important driver of the Indian economy, but it is also extremely resource intensive. The sector generates substantial amount of waste from the process of construction and demolition of buildings and infrastructure. This report attempts to present a snapshot of the status of C&D waste generation and management in 10 surveyed cities across India, establish scenario based projections of C&D waste in India, and present technical and economic feasibility of products made with C&D waste.

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