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IGCW-2013 Expo

India, like the rest of the world, has a huge responsibility to tackle pollution and waste. Although the enactments are in place, we are still experiencing the consequences of pollution. We are not there to a place we can call as ‘zero pollution’. We are yet to manage our waste like nature does and to learn to be as efficient as it is. The people should be educated about the problems and be provided with the tools to address it. Awareness is the first step towards resolving a problem. It is then followed by asking the right questions. If Newton hadn’t wondered why the apple fell from the tree, the world could have been very different now, it may not even have aero planes for us to fly on. With the right questions, one has to experiment, experiments leads to results. To see if the results are in our favor, one has to observe. One then needs to communicate, big problems need many hands. Brainstorming around the problem and then back to asking questions. This cycle, this churning will give rise to vital information and knowledge that will help us to create solutions.

Cycle of knowledge creation

This cycle is not just limited to laboratories but it requires a team effort of people from diverse backgrounds: chemists, chemical engineers, environment specialists, ecologists, entrepreneurs, government bodies, universities etc. This means it needs a common ground for all of them to communicate, share, talk, brainstorm ideas and come to a resolution of common issues. This is what Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW) does. It is an incubator for new ideas to emerge, an ecosystem for creating value for chemical companies by providing and seeking relevant services, technologies, expertise & solutions. It is like a pump that throws all the brainstorming, all the conversations towards the direction of prioritizing sustainability and environmental safety, driving implementation of green chemistry and green engineering. This is where the knowledge providers meet the knowledge seekers.

IGCW EXPO : platform for commercial expansion of GC&E based technologies

IGCW-2013 Expo is just one aspect of it. The 3rd IGCW-EXPO will bring together around 50 solutions and technology providers from all over the globe to partner with you in resolving your- immediate, short-term, mid-term or long term industrial green chemistry and engineering based requirements.

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50 solutions would mean 50 stalls in the exhibition space. If we have to do some number crunching, we could deduce the following, which of course has no upper or lower limits to it. Let’s start with the assumption that a single stall can have 6 meaningful conversations for the period of 6 hours. Over the length of 3 days, it would mean 18 total meaningful conversations. Multiply that with 50 and you have 900 meaningful conversations. At IGCW, we value quality and hence it doesn’t harbor more than 50 stalls, so that anyone who attends it takes away something that would make a change, which would help resolve the environmental issues.

IGCW will cover a myriad of areas like green processes. Among all, Newreka Green Synth Technologies Pvt. Ltd. has the “Recycle @ SourceTM Solution to present. Recycle@SourceTM is a simple method to recycle all the effluent streams of process back to its source without contaminating or degrading product quality. Other areas include green solvents, green catalysts, green engineering, green services, green publications, green measurements.

Our previous exhibitors:

Advanced Enzymes, ACS- Green Chemistry Institute, Beyond Benign, Chemistry in Nature, Deven Supercriticals Pvt. Ltd. (DSPL), Equinox Software & Services Pvt. Ltd., Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, York University, RSC – Green Chemistry Leading Journal, Microinnova Engineering GmbH, Newreka Green SynthTM Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry, TCI Chemicals (India) Pvt. Ltd., Zeon Corporation.

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Why IGCW

Imagine yourself looking at the earth from the outside, like seeing the first picture of the earth from the moon. We can see the earth as a globe of land and oceans with hovering clouds.

First View of Earth From Moon: On Aug. 23, 1966, the world received its first view of Earth taken by a spacecraft from the vicinity of the Moon. Image credit: NASA

Now zoom in.

Image credit: Wikipedia

You can now see continents and probably can figure out which of the continents is this one. Zoom in a little more and if you are with me you’ll see Papua New Guinea’s Manam Volcano releasing a thin, faint plume.

Image credit: Flickr user gsfc

Let’s come back down to earth. We are surrounded by a myriad of animate and inanimate things, species, people, insects, trees and may be flamingos. Not to mention the computer you are reading this on. This computer is made up of several things like chips, glass, plastic, silicon, 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane, copper, aluminum, gold, zinc and alloys. Mind you, this is not the entire list. Perspective helps, just hang on. We are painting a really big picture here, stay and have your mind boggled if it is not already.

To be surrounded by synthetic chemicals easily escapes one’s mind. A pen, such a simple thing, that one uses probably on a daily basis, is made of various chemicals. Say, a fountain pen, its cap; barrel; cap; nib; cartridge, ink, all are chemicals. The nibs are usually made of stainless steel or gold alloys. The ink is a dye. The casing is a metal. Moreover, we do not always think about how these are made and question if its manufacture has any detrimental effects on our ecosystem. A chemical process industry transforms one chemical into some other chemical that is valuable. The metal industry and the dye industry work together to make that fountain pen you use and this is just one of the many chemical products we consume. Each of such dependent industries produces chemical products via a step process. In general, its feedstock first needs to be treated if purity is a concern. Once a chemical reaction takes place, the product usually needs to be separated from the reaction mixture and further purified. During this entire process, each of these industries emits waste (effluents). Managing these effluents is a whole different process. Although it seems costing to the industry, there are ways to convert this waste into wealth.

Basically, you are surrounded by chemicals, natural or synthetic. We use them in ways many of us do not examine. Our basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter have been upgraded to a list of other things such as education, health and entertainment. We live a lifestyle that thrives on consumption. Our material needs come from chemical and allied industries. We are in a constant cycle of consuming and discarding. The problem is that we discard it in a way that comes back and bites us. We pollute our very own home, our land, our soil, our air. Since the dawn of humans, our consumption and our needs have changed. The consequences of which have accumulated and have created a havoc on environment and ultimately on us humans and other species.

This had to worry someone and it did. It was evident from the enactment of The Air Pollution Control Act in 1955 in United States of America. The Water (Prevention And Control Of Pollution)Act was enacted in India in the year 1974 followed by enactment of The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act in 1981.

Pollution control acts and rules in India:

·The Water (Prevention And Control Of Pollution)Act,1974
·The Water (Prevention And Control Of Pollution)Rules,1975
·The Air (Prevention And Control Of Pollution)Act,1981
·The Air (Prevention And Control Of Pollution)Rules,1982
·The Environment (Protection) Act,1986
·The Environment (Protection)Rules,1986( With Amended Notification )
·The Municipal Solid Wastes (Management And Handling )Rules,2000
·Bio-Medical Waste (Management And Handling) Rules, 1998( With Amended Notification )
·The Noise Pollution (Regulation And Control) Rules, 2000
·The Recycled Plastics Manufacture And Usage Rules,1999( With Amended Notification )
·Environmental Impact Assessment( Eia) Notification, 1994( With Amended Notification )

We need to do more, help make our environment free from pollution and hazards. We welcome you to IGCW-2013 where people interested in doing so meet.

Any questions? Feel free to ask. Please contact Anuja Sawant at anuja.sawant@industrialgreenchem.com
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For inquiries regarding IGCW contact Krishna Dave at: krishna.dave@newreka.co.in