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About GPCB-UBA-GIZ Cooperation

The Gujarat Pollution Control Board (GPCB), the German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt - UBA) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH have joint declaration of intent for promotion of Best Available Techniques [BAT] not entailing excessive cost. The overall objective of the GIZ-UBA-GPCB co-operation is to facilitate promotion of Best Available Techniques (BAT) without entailing excessive cost in various industry sectors in India so as to strengthen environmental management and pollution control in the industries in the textile and pulp & paper sector.

The overall objective of the cooperation among the three partners (UBA, GPCB, GIZ) is to facilitate promotion of Best Available Techniques (BAT) without entailing excessive cost in various industry sectors in India so as to strengthen environmental management and pollution control in the industries in these sectors. The industry sectors, to start with, will include:

  • Textile sector;
  • Pulp & paper sector; and
  • Others, as may be identified from time to time.

The overall scope of cooperation is:

  • Exchange of knowledge and experiences, including reference documents;
  • Developing customised BREF documents for India;
  • Undertaking pilot measures on demonstration purpose in identified industries/sectors;
  • Promoting dialogue among various stakeholders;Training/capacity building; and
  • Study trips to case examples in Germany for industry, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders; and facilitate technology transfer to industries as per requirements.

The expected outcomes from the co-operation are –

  • Capacities of identified stakeholders get strengthened in terms of knowledge and skills of the involved staff that are mandated with facilitating environmental improvements in industries.
  • Knowledge base strengthened in India using BREF documents as well as exchange of knowledge and experiences from Germany.
  • Customised BREF documents developed for India for identified industry sectors.
  • Pilot measures are demonstrated in identified industries/sectors.
  • Dialogue promoted among various stakeholders and voluntary commitments are promoted.
  • Knowledge of the industry, regulatory authorities and other stakeholders on BAT are enhanced for facilitating improvements in industries.

The cooperation extended by GIZ is under the ongoing Indo-German Environment Partnership (IGEP) Programme. The overall objective of the IGEP Programme is, "Decision makers at national, state and local level use innovative solutions for the improvement of urban and industrial environmental management and for the development of an environment and climate policy that targets inclusive economic growth decoupled from resource consumption". IGEP cooperates with public and private sectors at the national, state and local levels, including the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Ministry of Urban Development, Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Pollution Control Boards, NGOs, industry associations. IGEP supports its partners in establishing sustainable solutions for environmental infrastructure in urban and industrial areas. It focuses on:

  • Up-scalable pilot measures for sustainable urban and industrial environmental management and climate protection.
  • Legal regulations and policy level initiatives on national, state and urban level that support the dissemination of innovative solutions for a sustainable environmental management.

IGEP has four thematic areas of work, viz. Sustainable Urban Habitat, Sustainable Industrial Development (SID), Policy for Environment & 'Climate and Cross cutting areas of Capacity Building, Climate Change and Gender Mainstreaming. The core topics under the SID component of the IGEP Programme include:

  • Environment friendly techniques in identified industry sectors, viz. textiles, pulp & paper
  • Wastewater management
  • Planning of new industrial parks and investment zones

The German Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt - UBA) is engaged in the European information exchange on Best Available Techniques and the elaboration and revision of Best Available Techniques (BAT) Reference Documents, known as BREF documents, which can support industries, policy makers and regulators in addressing environmental concerns with regard to the relevant industries, thereby improving their environmental performance and consequently limiting pollutant discharges and other impacts on the environment.