In India, e-waste is primarily managed by the informal sector and there is high dependency on this sector to manage IT/electronics products at end of life. One possible path to capacity building of informal sector is using the power of purchasers and engaging them in the creation of end-of-life requirements, or criteria, in an India IT Product Sustainability Standard that would leverage the resources of IT manufacturers and would also link to SDGs.
Accordingly, CRB and Green Electronics Council (GEC) formed an institutional partnership with the aim of bridging the gap between the state of policy and current end of life practices by exploring capacity building opportunities for end-of-life management of IT/electronics equipment. As a means to develop the voluntary consensus standard, a White Paper on “End-of-Life Capacity Building Criteria for IT Products in India” was developed based on interactions and inputs received from key multiple stakeholders including government representatives, industry association representatives, businesses (IT and electronics producers), recyclers including agencies, sector experts, and NGOs working on the issue. The research has also explored ways to promote workable solutions (good practices) for producers/industry actors so that such ‘knowledge’ is available for other industry actors to emulate.
In 2017-18, CRB along with partner MVO Nederland, under the Indo-Dutch CSR & Sustainability Forum (INDUS-Forum) project has undertaken a study entitled, ‘Exploring Possibilities of Transforming Agriculture Residue into Wood Composite in India’ (referred to as Stubble Up). The objective of the study was to explore the feasibility of converting crop residue to composite boards – a technology that exists in India but doesn’t seem to have attained significant commercial status. The research was a mix of secondary research and interaction with various key players, industry experts, government representatives, corporate and manufacturers.
Based on the findings and deliberations with stakeholders, CRB has envisaged an intervention which would explore and support the farming community for making sustainable and climate smart choices in stubble management – and prepare the ground for its application (pilot) in select districts of Haryana. The project aims to propose a business model which is not only environmentally sustainable, but also advances economic opportunities in areas where stubble-burning is rampant. The intervention will explore the feasibility of setting up decentralized, small-scale, farmer owned composite board units based on agro-residue.
CRB in association with Novozymes in 2018 conducted a scoping exercise on promoting circular economy practices in textile manufacturing by engaging with manufacturers and other stakeholders in Delhi NCR. The aim of this initiative was to create basic awareness and understanding any textile manufacturers & other key stakeholders on opportunities and challenges in promoting transition towards circular apparel, CRB would use their experience in creating a following initiative to engage with policymakers and influencers on circular apparel in India. This would attribute towards creating an ecosystem for circular apparel.