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'Paper sector in AP has done well to reduce environmental pollution' says Member Secretary, APPCB
Best Practices Manual on Pulp & Paper released at PaperTech 2010


Delivering the Chief Guest address at the inaugural session of PaperTech 2010, Mr K Madhusudana Rao, IAS, Member Secretary, Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board said Andhra Pradesh over the years has done well in adopting environment-friendly methods in the production process. He added that the sector should continue the efforts and achieve world-class levels.

Mr K Madhusudana Rao said certain issues like smell, odour, water pollution, etc generated by the sector is a problem and called on the industry to address these issues which in turn can play an important role in addressing the pollution problem.

Mr K Madhusudana Rao also released the 'Best Practices Manual - Pulp & Paper Industry'- Vol-3 at the inaugural session. The Manual was developed based on the learning's of the working groups visit to individual plants. The Manual compiles the best practices implemented in the visited mills during the last two years and contains the latest operational experiences.

Mr M L Pachisia, President, Indian Paper Manufacturers Association & Managing Director, Orient Paper & Industries in his special address, said the sector has come a long way in addressing pollution issues and is actively involved in greening the sector and adopting sustainable measures. He underlined that the sector is acting in a responsible way and can take pride in planting more trees than it cuts.

Mr Pachisia added that the Corporate Responsibility for Environmental Protection (CREP) initiative is well received by the sector. He also appreciated the efforts of the sector in sharing the best practices, which he underlined, as the way forward.

Mr Pradeep Dhobale, Chairman, Energy Efficiency Council, CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre & Chief Executive, ITC Ltd Paperboards & Specialty Papers Division in his special address called on the need and importance to generate awareness first within the sector and later share the same message to the lager community, that paper sector is the most sustainable sector and contributes a lot to the environment. He added that the sector can use biofuels, lignin, etc as sources of energy and the potential for these fuels is very high.

Mr Dhobale also highlighted the prominent role of Andhra Pradesh in its environmental initiatives. He informed that AP plants more trees in Multiples than it cuts.

Mr K S Kasi Viswanathan, Chairman, PaperTech 2010 & Deputy Managing Director, Seshasayee Paper & Boards Ltd, in his theme address, said, India is better placed than many other countries in the world due to stable political set up, good domestic demand and large, educated young population.

He added the sector has come a long way in a short span of last 3 to 5 years and noted that there is a significant improvement in energy conservation, environmental performance and water conservation.

Highlighting the theme of the event, Mr Kasi said the event would focus on identifying and sharing the best practices from Indian and overseas paper mills and would also thrust on energy, environment and water.

The two-day event will focus on world class initiatives in Indian pulp & paper sector, pulp & paper making, Recovery Island, power block & utilities, small & medium sized mills ?? including recycled fibre based mills, electrical controls & automation, water & waste water management.

June 16, 2010 - Hyderabad


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