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Steel plants with scrap as raw material to come up in north and western India, says Steel Minister, Ch. Birendra Singh 

Capital Market , Oct 16, 2017

Dr. Chaudhary Birender Singh, Union Minister of Steel, said that the Steel Ministry proposes to set up steel plants with scrap as the raw material in various parts of north and west India. The Ministry's expectation is that in the coming years, 44% of the total scrap available in the country would be generated in various locations in Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi and this would be utilised for the production of steel. In addition, 67% of scrap reaches western shores which could be used as feedstock for steel production.

The Minister said, the Government of India's efforts to recycle waste products for productive purposes would effect saving of 65% of iron ore that is currently the main raw material for steel production.

Mr. Narendra Modi, India's Prime Minister,said, “Recycling is a crucial component of sustainable waste management and contributes in a significant way to the reduction of Green Houses Gases, in addition to the immense economic opportunities it brings forth.”

Dr. Birendra Singh said that India's National Steel Policy 2017 has set a target of
achieving 300 million tonnes of production capacity by 2030. The Government of India, he said, is adopting a 360% holistic approach wherein the recycling industry can help in achieving the production target by providing raw material for the steel industry.

The Minister expressed the hope that the pending legislation on the ban on use of 15-year old diesel vehicles in India would be taken up and passed in the winter session of Parliament. He said that according to the Steel Ministry's calculation, post the ban, the scrap market would become attractive as it would fetch 10-15% more price for metal scrap.

Mr. Ranit Baxi, President, BIR, stated that currently, India's steel production is growing by 11% annually and the country is well on its way to become the second largest global steel producer. BIR, he said, values its partnership with India and hoped that this partnership would help increase the flow of FDI and support the Government of India's ‘Swach Bharat Mission' and spread the message resource conservation and recycling to the rest of the world.

Mr. Baxi said that recycling Industries continue to play a very important role continuing to produce very important source of recyclable raw materials for the global industries. Today, recycling contributes over 300 billion dollars to global economy, employment for millions, saving over 700 million tons of carbon emissions, helping to meet several of the UN 2030 sustainable goals.

“The more consumers buy, the more waste will be generated increasing the need to recycle and promote circular economy to regenerate the much needed Secondary Recyclable raw materials for the rapidly expanding industrial demand whilst at the same time reducing growth of waste mountains and less to landfills,” the BIR Chief emphasized.

Ms Rita Roy Choudhury, Assistant Secretary General of FICCI, said "Business and industry is increasingly looking at ways of resource optimisation and efficiency, and recognising the need to adopt sustainable use of natural resources and raw materials through the principle of reduce, reuse and recycle, and building in circular economy approaches and life cycle thinking. Circular economy approach will play a crucial role in enabling businesses to become enduring, sustainable and competitive in the long term. Policy support, creation of an ecosystem for recycling, consumer awareness, strengthening the informal sector, innovation in technology and business models, and capacity building of local institutions will be enablers in this direction".