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Draft Resource Efficiency Policy sets tough targets

According to draft National Resource Efficiency Policy – 2019, by 2025 30% of total public procurement of materials for civil construction should be from recycled materials. The Draft wants the Municipalities in Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities to start inventorizing construction and demolition waste data by 2022. Further, it aims at recycling rate for C&D waste of 50% by 2025 and 75% by 2030.

The policy aims at gradually reducing the dependency on virgin materials and at the same time enhancing reuse of the construction and demolition wastes. “For resource efficient construction sector, companies need to make manufacturing of sustainable construction products from recycled materials,” says the draft policy. According to the Draft a substantial share of the new demand can be met using the waste of the existing stock.

Also, the Draft Policy puts the responsibilities for managing the C&D waste on the local bodies. “Property taxes need to be rationalized periodically and funds can be allocated not only for incentivizing product development from recycled C&D waste but also possibly supporting demonstration projects,” says the Draft.

As a part of the mandated public procurement of materials made from C&D waste, the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) need to explore suitable construction avenues recreational parks, roads, pavements, filling of pits, and constructing buildings. Certification is an important way to improve market acceptance of products like tiles, paver blocks, and manufactured bricks.

The Draft Policy enlists the following interventions needed by the local bodies to ensure the promotion of recycled products:

  • Developing codes and standards for quality of secondary raw materials to ensure confidence in the product
  • Public tenders to include quotas for locally sourced materials
  • Greater use of indicator frameworks and green rating schemes that enable comparability between building concepts with regards to their environmental impacts.

National Resource Efficiency Authority (NREA) constituted under the provisions of Section 3(3) of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 will be mandated to drive the agenda of resource efficiency across the country.

NREA will have a collaborative structure with a core working group housed in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change and a members group with representations from different ministries, state/union territory governments, government agencies and other stakeholders.

NREA will oversee, administer and review implementation of the National Resource Efficiency Policy. NREA will act as a facilitator for cross-sectoral collaborations, regulator for resource efficiency, will be a repository of resource efficiency related data, undertake capacity building of stakeholders, prepare action plan and progress report.

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