The Circular Economy Imperative : Article by Dr. Ravindra Ojha

In a major decision, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics authorities have decided that the medals to be given to winners in the games will be made from 50000 tons of electronic waste produced in Japan. Johnson Controls, USA, has designed a battery that is 99 percent recyclable, which for a product so chemically complex and hazardous is of enormous importance. Highly deficient in precious-metal resource India, which produces a whopping 2 million tons of e-wastes annually - is at the cusp of mobilizing its recycling strategy. The world seemingly has realized the true need of circular economy! The rapidly emerging Indian economy will continue to compel geologists, technocrats, economists, manufacturers, service-providers and policy-makers to explore superior options to face the challenge of growing material consumption and depleting natural resources. The increasing consumption demand for material is primarily due to increased population and prosperity; demographic changes; lifestyle transformations; and intervention of disruptive technologies. The result is increased volatility in product prices and ecological imbalance, affecting societies adversely. Scarcity of material is a concern but the good news is that the Circular Economy approach can serve as a powerful solution.

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