Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co hosted a roundtable on ‘Navigating through Environmental Compliance Challenges in India’ on 20 October, 2020. The roundtable was moderated by Mr. Nawneet Vibhaw, Partner, Environmental Law Practice, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co. Speakers at this roundtable included Mr. Surojit Bose, AVP Sustainability and Climate Change ICP, Coca Cola India; Mr. Shujath Bin Ali, General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer, Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd.; and Dr. Sanjeev Gemawat, Executive Director and Group Company Secretary, Dalmia Bharat Group.
During the roundtable the panellists focussed upon the need for:
Consistency in regulatory and judicial decisions in environmental matters;
Regulators to anticipate and act as per judicial decisions based on a balanced scientific approach;
All stakeholders to adopt science-based solutions for resolving environmental concerns and to conduct a root-cause analysis for formulating environmental compliances;
Examining whether adoption of energy intensive technologies for water conservation hinders the commitments made by India in its nationally determined contributions;
Examining whether management of municipal solid waste is hindered due to lack of resources;
The governments to provide support / incentives to promote waste management and recycling;
Various kinds of wastes like plastic waste to attract a reasonable price so that there is an incentive for companies to engage in its safe disposal;
Digital registration of recyclers to facilitate companies in approaching them for safe disposal of waste generated due to their operations;
Granting timely approval to projects and to devise a system to facilitate single-window clearance for all regulatory approvals related to environment in an expeditious manner;
Encouraging a dialogue between the industry and the government for achieving the common objective of preserving the environment as well as promoting economic development of the country.
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