MRAI’s 11th IMRC conference kicks off in Kolkata

  • Industry News
  • Jan 24,24
MRAI’s 11th IMRC conference and Expo is Asia’s biggest event which was attended by more than 2200 delegates having 200 exhibitors from more than 35 countries participating in this event.
MRAI’s 11th IMRC conference kicks off in Kolkata

Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister of Civil Aviation and Steel Addressing the 11th IMRC Conference in Kolkatta

Material Recycling Association of India (MRAI) hosted the 11th IMRC conference and expo on the recycling industry from January 23 to 25, 2024 at Biswa Bangla Mela Prangan, Kolkata, India. MRAI’s 11th IMRC conference and Expo is Asia’s biggest event which was attended by more than 2200 delegates having 200 exhibitors from more than 35 countries participating in this event. The theme of the conference was focused on the ‘Recycling Industry Transition Towards Vision 2047.’

Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister of Steel shared a video message, which was shared at the inaugural panel. He shared, "As Per our Ministry's Vision 2047 document, in the next 25 years, the percentage of scrap will be 50% along with the balance 50% as iron ore. With iron ore which will increase to 25% of scrap in the next five years. The Steel Ministry is committed to net zero target by the year 2070. Our steel scrap recycling policy enhances the availability of domestically generated scrap to reduce the consumption of coal in steelmaking. There is a positive trend to increase steel production through scrap and this is likely to increase to 35,000 crore by 2030. We will strive to ensure a conducive environment for the growth of our industry. MRAI comprises of over 20 thousand SME and large enterprises, directly and indirectly employing over 25 lakh people, which makes your role all the more crucial and critical in the success of this mission. Various scraps and its byproducts generated during steel making can be effectively used for making steel and other applications like even cement manufacture, road construction and agriculture. Manufacturing Steel through scrap and other waste products is certainly less polluting and is a step towards our Green Steel initiative. Today, around 25 million tons of scrap is produced in the country and around 5 million tons is imported. 

Sanjay Kumar, DG, DMEO, NITI Aayog while speaking at the inaugural panel shared, "MRAI is Keeping the flame of circularity alive with 20000 members. We are on the path become a 5 triliion economy therefore we should target responsible growth with the help of circular economy" 

This 3-day event was attended by key policymakers including Sanjay Kumar, DG, DMEO, NITI Aayog, Farida Naik, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Mines, Ved Prakash Mishra, Director - HSM, MoEF&CC, Anand Kumar, Director, CPCB, Vijay Yadav, Director, CPCB, Dr Sandeep Chatterjee, Director, MeiTY, Shivam Trivedi, Member Secretary, PCD-12, BIS, Vishal Kumar Rana, Member Secretary, MTD-8, BIS, Paresh Goel, Director, MoRTH etc.

Sanjay Mehta, President, MRAI shared, “India needs to have a strategy for enhancing scrap imports as more countries limit exports and domestic sourcing is limited. We suggest policymakers should allow zero duty on metal scrap until India has realised sufficient quantity and quality of scrap. The year 2024 will turn out to be the year in which India's newly introduced reforms will propel it into a growth trajectory exceeding 8% which will cross the $4 trillion GDP mark. At the same time, pressing issues like Climate change, Environmental pollution, and dwindling natural resources are the major challenging issues that certainly require resource efficiency and promote the circular economy. Therefore, India needs to adopt sustainable production and consumption with the minimum content of recyclable material, effective waste management, and a scientific way of recycling."

The 11th IMRC agenda focused on Recycling, Circular Economy, Sustainability, Net Zero Emissions, Raw Material Security, Zero Import Duty on Non-Ferrous Metal Scrap, EU Waste Shipment Law, CBAM, Standardization, Climate Change, and Technological Advancement. The conference included exclusive sessions on Plastic, Tyres, EPR Frameworks, Ferrous, Non-Ferrous, E-Waste, ELVs, and Non-Ferrous Demand-Supply Outlook with speakers from key government ministries, regulatory bodies, and industry stakeholders.

The 11th IMRC year's conference serves as an accelerator of the cooperation, deepening connections between policymakers from the Ministry of Steel, Ministry of Mines, MoEF&CC, CPCB, MeiTY, BIS, Niti Aayog, MorTH, global recyclers, traders, scrapyard owners, technology players, academicians.

Amar Singh, Secretary General, MRAI shared, "India is taking a leadership role in promoting sustainability and circular economy to minimize the carbon emission and environment impacts. MRAI is at the forefront of promoting the sustainable and scientific way of recycling practices and adding inputs in policy-making to ensure a better future for the planet."

"Imports today have a duty challenge where we tax our scrap imports between 2.5% to 5% on various categories of scrap there has been some exemption given, namely on the steel scrap but this is a temporary exemption that they have given. While we talk about going very low on carbon in terms of our metal production, and if scrap is a vital raw material then why are we still taxing scrap as a raw material, and nowhere in the world whether it is ASIAN, European or United States, nobody taxes the scrap because, it is the cleanest greenest raw material that one can and India should look in that direction that they exempt scrap from any kind of import duty" shared Dhawal Shah, Sr Vice President, MRAI in his speech.

Speaking about global practices favouring the recycling industry Surendra Borad Patawari, a renowned named in the industry shared "Selling future credits, giving tax incentives, indigenous subsidies is going to be trend in times to come. India should become a part of this race. Clearly there is lot of demand in India and such tax arrangements will lead to more employment"

A Circular Economy Model Demonstration zone having the best innovation in the recycling sector was demonstrated by the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) from Ropar, Kanpur, Kharagpur, and Bombay.

The event also gathers support and participation from Key Global Recycling Associations like ISRI, BIR, EURIC, and BMR along with Domestic Associations like AIIFA, ANMA, ASMA, BME, BNFMA, ICDC, CGSIMA, CSRA, JEMA, SMAM.

Related Stories

Railways
Titagarh Rail Systems to develop driverless metro trains

Titagarh Rail Systems to develop driverless metro trains

A critical supplier to Indian Railways, it currently produces 1,000 wagons a month.

Read more
Aerospace Defence
India to commence T100 carbon fibre manufacturing in 2.5 years

India to commence T100 carbon fibre manufacturing in 2.5 years

India aims to produce T100 carbon fibre domestically within 2.5 years to circumvent import restrictions, facilitating its use in strategic applications such as aerospace, defense, and civil engineer..

Read more
Electrical & Electronics
Indian battery market in need of urgent active solutions

Indian battery market in need of urgent active solutions

Despite active responses from domestic companies and strong interest from overseas manufacturers in the Indian market, issues related to domestic industry protection and the business environment rem..

Read more

Related Products

Heavy Industrial Ovens

INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES

Hansa Enterprises offers a wide range of heavy industrial ovens.


Read more

Request a Quote

High Quality Industrial Ovens

INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES

Hansa Enterprises offers a wide range of high quality industrial ovens. Read more

Request a Quote

Hydro Extractor

INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES

Guruson International offers a wide range of cone hydro extractor. Read more

Request a Quote

Hi There!

Now get regular updates from IPF Magazine on WhatsApp!

Click on link below, message us with a simple hi, and SAVE our number

You will have subscribed to our Industrial News on Whatsapp! Enjoy

+91 84228 74016

Reach out to us

Call us at +91 8108603000 or

Schedule a Call Back