Mauritius Help local businesses improve their compliance with environmental standards

Times India Today | : Feb 18,2020 06:10 PM IST

February 07, 2020:A workshop on the "Industrial Waste Management: Review of the cost structure" project was held on Tuesday February 4, 2020 at theNational Co-operative Collegein Terre Rouge.

The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Business Mauritius, as part of the Partnership for Action on the Economy green.

The objective of this workshop was to shed light on the costs incurred for the management of solid waste by manufacturing companies in order to help them improve their competitiveness. The workshop also aimed to familiarize operators with the new concept of extended producer responsibility in order to promote a circular economy in Mauritius.

During his speech at the opening of the workshop, the Minister of Industrial Development, SMEs and Cooperatives, Mr. Soomilduth Bholah, stressed that the project will allow companies to gain a competitive advantage locally and internationally. He pointed out that with the implementation of the project, the environmental compliance of businesses will be improved, helping them to respond positively to the increasing demands of consumers for green products as well as to the emergence of a lifestyle. eco-friendly.

He pointed out that the proliferation of waste recycling activities across the island will generate growing interest from small and medium-sized businesses to engage in the manufacture of easily recyclable products. The project will also help decrease the amount of waste going to landfills, which are already at maximum capacity, he added.

Minister Bholah recalled that several projects have already been completed by his ministry in collaboration with UNIDO. He also mentioned the partnership between his ministry and Business Mauritius in the field of industrial waste management. Thus, to date, two projects for the industrial sector have already been launched, namely, the energy efficiency and energy conservation project, and that of the evaluation of industrial waste.

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