- India and the European Union on 30 June 2017 agreed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of environment, resource efficiency and, circular economy under the EU’s Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) for India.
- At the eighth EU-India Environment Forum, hosted in New Delhi, the necessity of moving to a resource efficient ‘circular economy’ wherein waste is reduced, or becomes useful input in others, or renewable inputs replace non-renewable ones, was discussed.
- The Resource Efficiency Initiative (REI) project will be implemented on behalf of the European Union by a consortium led by Deutsche Gesellschaftfür Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Confederation of the Indian Industry (CII) and Adelphi.
- The project objectives includes assessment of India’s current and future use of resources and to develop a resource efficiency strategy for India in four sectors – mobility, buildings and construction, renewable energy, and plastic and e-waste management.
- The project also aims to foster business partnerships for knowledge and technology transfer between European and Indian industry, and raise awareness of best practices in resource efficiency among businesses, the general public, and government and non-government organisations.