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Participation in World Environment Day

Since 1974, United Nations had been celebrating WED to encourage worldwide awareness and action for protection of the environment. WED remained a huge event celebrated in over 70 countries and the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MOEFCC) also supported numerous events nationwide in its support. This year India was chosen as the host country and the theme was “Beat Plastic Pollution”.

On this occasion, a series of events, activities and initiatives were organised across the country. MoEFCC led the charge on behalf of the GoI. A five day conference-cum-exhibition from 1st June till 5th of June 2018 was organised in New Delhi. This event witnessed participation of the PM, Mr. Narendra Modi, Dr. Harsh Wardhan, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mr. Erik Solheim, ED UNEP, CEOs of top FMCG companies, NGOs, State governments, UN bodies and International Agencies.
PACE actively participated in WED conferences and the exhibitions
  • Inform the benefits of using PET for packaging of beverages & food products
  • Show the recycling chain of PET bottles
  • Show how used PET bottles could be effectively collected and converted into a variety of products from recycled material
  • Talk about the concept of Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) for incentivised collection of post-consumer PET bottles to improve recovery
  • Inform stakeholders about activities of PACE to promote the industry and support collection & recycling in a sustainable manner

Delhi Exhibition (02 to 05 June 2018)
The exhibition was inaugurated by the PM. The PACE stall was at a prominent area, annexed to stalls of organisations like ONGC, IPGL and Rajasthan Government. We set up huge posters about positive characteristics of PET, recycling, presenting our members, etc. Together with GEM Enviro, an RVM and various products like apparel and toys were also showcased.

There was an estimated footfall of above 2000 visitors during the four days of the exhibition. We had important officials from Government, CPCB, corporate, media, NGOs, academic institutions, associations and recyclers visit our stall.

Gandhinagar Exhibition (05 June 2018)
Similar initiatives to commemorate WED were undertaken by several state governments. Gujarat Pollution Control Board organised a state-level conference-cum-exhibition on the 5th of June 2018. During the WED celebrations, along with Delhi, PACE participated at the Gandhinagar exhibition too. It was inaugurated by the Gujarat CM, Mr. Vijay Rupani and the Deputy CM, Mr. Nitinbhai Patel. Dignitaries including the Minister of Environment, Secretary of State MOEFCC, Chairman GPCB, also attended. It was a daylong event with about 20 exhibitors, mainly from public sector undertakings. Private organisations including Reliance, Geocycle, JB Ecotex and GEM Enviro also participated.

The PACE stall was graced by the presence of eminent personalities like the Gujarat CM, Mr.Vijay Rupani, State Cabinet Minister of Environment, Mr. Jaydrathsinh Parmar, Additional Chief Secretary, Mr. Arvind Agrawal and the Mayor of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation, Mr. Gautambhai Navalchand Shah.