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Cooperation with the German Federal Environmental Agency

April 24, 2015, GPCB Office, Gandhinagar, Gujarat

The ongoing cooperation between the German Federal Environment Agency [Umweltbundesamt (UBA)], the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Gujarat Pollution Control Board under the purview of the Joint Declaration of Intent that was signed in 2013, was renewed with fresh validity until 31st July, 2015.

The Joint Declaration of Intent has an overall objective of promotion of Best Available Techniques (BAT) without entailing excessive cost in various industry sectors in India so as to strengthen environmental management and pollution control in the industries in these sectors. Based on mutual consent, all parties agreed to extend the cooperation till from the existing.

The extension to the JDI was signed by the Chairman GPCB for the period upto July 2015 and exchanged with UBA and GIZ on April 24, 2015. On the occasion, a presentation was made by UBA experts on the purpose, design and structure of reference documents on Best Available Techniques (BAT). GPCB expressed interest for development of a reference document that are in line with the EU-BREF documents, specifically for Textile and Recycled Paper sector as well as Organic Chemical sector.

The signed JDI has emphasis on the following:

  • Strengthening of the Knowledge Platform at GPCB, and development of a road map for its up-scaling to national level.
  • The draft reference documents developed for textiles and pulp & paper sectors under
  • IGEP Programme would be reviewed and a road map developed for bringing out such documents for reference at national level.
  • Training/capacity building of GPCB officials.Facilitate information on environmental technologies and best available technologies(BAT) for selected industry sectors, viz. textiles, pulp & paper, pharmaceuticals, chemicals etc. and for combined waste water treatment plants.
  • Facilitate knowledge exchange and study trips to best case examples in Germany for relevant stakeholders, viz. industry, GPCB, government etc.