Back to Blue is multi-year initiative from Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation that aims to help organisations improve ocean health and sustainability. The first instalment of this initiative is the Plastics Management Index, which ranks 25 countries globally across 44 indicators organised into three categories: governance, systemic capacity, and stakeholder engagement.
The analysis for India reveals gaps and weaknesses throughout the ecosystem, from the collection system, to recycling and infrastructure, to collaboration on solutions. There is significant potential for further improvement.
Governance is India’s key plastics management weakness. Policy gaps exist at the central government level, and there is currently weak implementation and monitoring of existing policies. There is also a need to change consumer behaviour as awareness of the threat that plastic poses to the environment does not always translate into better practices on the ground. Granular data on plastic flows and on value change is patchy and not uniformly reliable. There is an immediate need to build on the present momentum and improve the level of commitment among large and small companies to reduce plastics waste.
Economist Impact and The Nippon Foundation would like to thank all workshop participants for their time, insights and vibrant discussion.
Municipal Solid Waste
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)
Editorial Director, Asia Pacific
Chief Impact Officer
Mir Mohammed Ali IAS
Executive Director, Suchitwa Mission
Government of Kerala
UNDP Deputy Resident Representative
Regional Lead, Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy
International Finance Corporation
Chief Sustainability Officer
Lucro Plastecycle Private Limited
Professor of Biological Sciences
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research.
Honourable Treasurer, Governing Council
India Plastics Institute
Deputy Director General
Confederation of Indian Industry
Catalyst Group of Institutions
Founder and CEO
Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Funds Group
Associate Director, Sustainable Business
Infinite Cercle Inc
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