Promoting resource efficiency along the supply chain of key sectors: stimulating knowledge partnership in South Asia

Promoting resource efficiency along the supply chain of key sectors: stimulating knowledge partnership in South Asia

Rapid development coupled with high population growth in South Asia has led to unsustainable use of natural resources resulting in serious environmental and social problems. These problems may constraint growth
in the production and manufacturing industry, which is critical for the development of the region’s economy, especially for feeding its growing population and for pulling millions out of poverty. There is a pressing
need to reverse this trend by introducing sustainable practices that are less resource intensive.

This paper provides an analysis of three case studies from India to highlight the potential of resource efficiency along the supply chain. Each of these case studies has been carefully chosen to demonstrate the value of
resource efficiency at different stages of the supply chain in the key sectors that are relevant from the point of view of; (i) high resource consumption and environmental impacts (ii) relevance to the local economy (iii) willingness of local government, industry association, corporate houses and vendors, and (iv) replication potential.

Case studies:

  • the case study of the textile sector shows how the corporate policy of a multinational corporations (MNCs) can help to stimulate sustainability not just along its vendor base, but also cause a multiplier effect by pushing its competitors to follow suit
  •  the case study of brick industry shows how pro-active government policies can help in promoting an innovative technology that has the ability to transform the industry from being resource extractive to becoming environment friendly, making productive use of hazardous wastes from other polluting industries; and
  • the case study on the steel re-rolling sector highlights the value of engaging with an industry association in saturating a cluster with resource efficient technology
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