India

Introduction: The Gas Cylinders (Amendment) Rules, 2024, represent a pivotal moment in enhancing safety and operational efficiency within the compressed gas industry. With technology advancing and demand rising, these rules signify a necessary evolution in regulatory frameworks to meet contemporary challenges. A notable inclusion within these rules is the requirement for barcoding, encompassing radio frequency…

Introduction: The Plastic Packaging Industry is witnessing a transformative shift towards heightened accountability through Producer Responsibility initiatives. The Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, has introduced stringent guidelines on the Extended Plastic Packaging Industry’s Producer Responsibility. These guidelines emphasize the proactive role of Producers, Importers & Brand-Owners (PIBOs), and Plastic…

Introduction: In recent discussions surrounding groundwater abstraction, the issue of relaxing charges has taken center stage, prompting a critical reevaluation by the Central Ground Water Authority (CGWA). The imposition of hefty Environmental Compensation (EC) charges, particularly on existing projects applying late for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) or renewal, has raised concerns among project proponents,…

Introduction: In recent times, the state of Gujarat has witnessed a concerning surge in the proliferation of Conocarpus, a foreign species harboring hidden perils that pose significant threats to both the environment and human health. Delving into the depths of these dangers sheds light on the urgent need for proactive measures to mitigate its impact.…

Introduction: In the realm of e-waste management, clarity is paramount. The recent amendments to the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022, take a significant step forward by refining the definition of ‘dismantler.’ This clarification highlights the crucial role of dismantlers in properly managing electronic waste, emphasizing the importance of adhering to established guidelines to mitigate environmental risks…

In 2023, the Central Government introduced the Green Credit Rules, aiming to incentivize tree plantation and enhance the nation’s green cover. These rules, formulated on the recommendation of the Administrator, outline a structured methodology for calculating green credits, particularly concerning tree plantation initiatives. Under these rules: Identification of Degraded Land: The Forest Department of each…

In a significant move towards sustainable resource management, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has recently issued a notification allowing the utilization of spent sulfuric acid from various sources in the manufacturing process of Single Super Phosphate (SSP). This decision comes with a provision for its implementation until the completion of a comprehensive long-term study…

Introduction: In a stride toward fostering environmental stewardship and regulatory coherence, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has unveiled a comprehensive Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) facilitating the utilization of ethanol residue, specifically containing 30% or more ethanol. This guideline streamlines industry procedures, ensuring compliance with Hazardous Waste Management Rules 9, and simplifies the process for…

The 1986 Environment (Protection) Rules have recently undergone an amendment, particularly within Schedule I, where significant attention has been paid to serial number 2, which directly pertains to the Man-made Fibre Industry. This revision is a crucial development for businesses operating within this sector. Specifically, the alteration is situated under the section labeled ‘Environmental Standards…

Introduction: On January 29, 2024, the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change released a crucial announcement aimed at strengthening accountability in E-Waste Management and advancing environmental protection. This directive, issued by the E-Waste (Management) Rules, 2022, brings forth implications for registered recyclers across the country regarding the issuance and adherence to EPR¬†Certificates for Recyclers.…