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CBS Webinar

Webinar on 'Circular Economy An Opportunity for Indian Businesses'
14th August 2018 | 02:30-03:30 PM

In the series of Thought Leadership Webinars, TERI CBS successfully conducted its fifth sustainability webinar on 'Circular Economy: An Opportunity for Indian Businesses' on 14 August 2018. The concept of Circular Economy has gained an increasing priority on corporate strategic considerations. It aims to recognise value of the generated waste by bringing them again in the system, maintaining products for longer and using from one product to maintain another. It also reduces the risk of supply and price changes and lowering the product cost. The webinar enabled participants to implement use-and-reuse Circular Economy design and business practices.

The webinar also featured a video message from Mr Rene VAN BERKEL, UNIDO Representative and Head, Regional Office, UNIDO-India. In his message, Rene mentioned about the conflict between economic growth and resource consumption and how it is getting attention from different stakeholders.

Webinar take-aways

  • Circular Economy opportunities for India viz.
    • Cities and construction
    • Food and agriculture
    • Mobility and vehicle manufacturing
  • Business benefits of a Circular Economy for India
  • Supply Chain as positive influencers: Experience and learning from Mahindra Group


Mr Arupendra Nath Mullick Vice President - TERI Council for Business Sustainability (CBS)

Arupendra Nath Mullick, with his vast experience, leads inter-disciplinary research teams to undertake varied initiatives pertaining to sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, and climate change for Indian businesses. His role extends beyond project management and includes knowledge sharing, networking, and communications. As the Area Convenor of TERI Council for Business Sustainability, Mr Mullick develops sustainability roadmaps and steer CXO level engagements for Fortune 500 companies to articulate the business case of sustainability. He has trained mid-level corporate sector executives, Railway Officers, government officials, and CAG auditors on varied subjects. He has led development of a first-of-its kind sustainability dashboard for a NSE-listed chemical sector client to align sustainability goals with its business objectives and measure progress of sustainability performance. In addition, he has several research papers and presentations at various national and international fora to his credit.


Anirban Ghosh Vice President, Group Sustainability, Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

Anirban Ghosh leads Sustainability at the USD 20.7 billion Mahindra Group. Under his leadership Mahindra has developed an award winning Sustainability framework, become a founding member of the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition and the first to commit to doubling energy productivity. He has, in partnership with the World Bank, facilitated the creation of the Sustainable Housing Leadership Consortium to accelerate the spread of green buildings in India.

Anirban has been an invited speaker at COP21, The Climate Week, World Circular Economy Forum, GRI Global, EE Global, etc., featured in The Climate Reality Project and acknowledged as a Distinguished Sustainability Officer.

Rene VAN BERKEL UNIDO Representative, Regional Office, India

Rene VAN BERKEL (PhD) is UNIDO Representative and heads the Regional Office of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in India, which is directly responsible for India, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, and coordinates country offices in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. UNIDO works to foster inclusive and sustainable industrialization in its member countries.

Rene has 28 years professional experience in resource efficiency and cleaner production (RECP), industrial productivity, sustainability and green industry/economy, with extensive international experience in Europe, Australia and Asia, covering a variety of manufacturing and related sectors.

During 2015-2017 he served as Chief Technical Advisor for UNIDO's RECP programme in Indonesia focused on prioritized textile and garment, food processing and tourism sectors. During 2008-2015 he headed for UNIDO the global RECP programme and initiated new developments in regards to RECP methods and tools, eco-industrial parks, green industry policy and (corporate) social responsibility in particular in Asia and Eastern Europe.

During 2006-2008 he was an independent international consultant and from 1999-2006 he was Professor of Cleaner Production at Curtin University of Technology in Perth Australia. From 1989 - 1999 he served in different applied research roles at the University of Amsterdam.


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