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India: Waste Management

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL6254, tabled on 21 February 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of India regarding its waste management policies and the impact of pollution from waste sites in that country.

Answered on

7 March 2022

Her Majesty's Government regularly engages with the Government of India on a full range of issues around climate and the environment. Roadmap 2030 set out HMG's intention to build a partnership with India, and support their transition to a resource-efficient and circular economy. The UK and India are working together to identify, develop and deploy technologies to treat waste to generate energy, recycle materials, and extract resources of value. The Green Growth Equity Fund and National Investment and Infrastructure Fund will further allow mobilising institutional investments in the targeted renewable energy, waste management, electric mobility and environment sub-sectors.

The British High Commission in India is engaged in a Twin Cities Marine Litter Partnership: a twinning initiative between cities in India and the Devolved Administration sharing best practices for waste management, increasing recyclability rates and promoting circular economy. This will strengthen grassroots level implementation of waste management practices and tackle plastic pollution. The first twinning is between Aberystwyth, Wales and Puducherry, India. As Parties to the Basel Convention, the UK and India also share common objectives to protect human health and the environment against the adverse effects that may result from the generation, transboundary movement and management of hazardous and other wastes.