Perched on the tipping point of ecological and economic rebalancing, the
business and environmental landscape of the world is shifting towards
sustainable growth paths. Energy and resource costs are on the upswing due
to heavy reliance on non-renewable and hence limited sources of energy
and other materials. This is a precursor to the need to: (1) make existing
resources last longer and (2) identify new resources that are both renewable
Waste and, in particular, the exponentially growing Industrial Waste presents
one such invaluable opportunity to generate energy from waste; thereby
incorporating a natural by-product of industrial production into meeting the
industrial energy demand.
The Government of India has, through policies and directives, laid significant
emphasis on the need and the pathways to exploit the waste to energy
potential in India. Various programs are providing assistance to industrial
units to set up plants to convert waste to energy.
In addition, the economic viability of Industrial Waste as a substantial, easily
available and renewable source of energy is a key catalyst to drive industrial
uptake of ‘Waste to Energy’ programs.
To accelerate the adoption of Waste to Energy programs, it is imperative to
understand and mitigate roadblocks for all stakeholders. The ASSOCHAM
initiatives on Waste to Wealth, supported by this report detailing the operative
landscape, would create the ideal forum to initiate and incubate the dialogue
that enables the road to generate Wealth from Waste.