Disposal of industrial pollutants and waste management emerged as the chief concerns of industries at the panel discussion organised by the University Institute of Chemical Engineering Technology at Panjab University today.
The discussion was themed Environmental Issues and Corporate Social Responsibility: Charting a blueprint for green economy and comprised of representatives from industries and academia as a part of a day-long UGC-sponsored national seminar on green technologies,energy security and sustainable development.
In the corporate world,which is driven by profits,one stakeholder that is always ignored is ecology and environment and any production which not eco-friendly is detrimental to humanity, pointed out A K Vashisht,chairman of the Panjab University Business School.
The dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,V R Sinha,said that one requirement of pharmacy is the meticulous environment control required as one of the chief raw materials is the basic essential,water,which is chemicalized during production and subsequently treated before release.
In pharmaceutical production,many aerosolized particles are released that create global warming. Besides that,there exists the unethical practice of dumping even the failed samples directly into a water source, said Sinha.
Vishnu Goel,president of the Haryana Chamber of Industry also highlighted that the disposal of pollutants is a major concern as the delivery system of the government is ineffective. The solid waste disposal systems in existence are not effective and,in their place,private agencies should be allowed to take effluents out of the factory by paying for them as these are all recoverable substances and water, he said.
It was also pointed out that the strategy of an industry towards pollution control has to be devised as the pollution is created by some,while the harmful effects are borne by others. Segregation of solid waste remains a point of contention in Chandigarh and an ideal way to deal with pollutants would be to create energy out of waste,as it would solve both the problems, said Uma Batra,Dean at the PEC University of Technology.
The speakers suggested that a change in lifestyle is also required by those at the helm of industrial production,as well as citizens,as a public-private partnership is required to make Chandigarh a clean city in every sense. Maintenance of water sources and managing sewerage is another issue that remains to be tackled by the authorities and,of course,the judicious use of resources is very important, concluded Renu Vij,Director at University Institute of Engineering and Technology.