An EU-India sustainability project ‘Promoting Circularity in the Tamil Nadu Leather Clusters for Solid Waste Management’ was launched by Thiru Siva. V. Meyyanathan, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Tamil Nadu and Ugo Astuto, Ambassador of the European Union to India, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
The project is funded by the European Union under its SWITCH-Asia Programme, and Solidaridad Regional Expertise Centre (SREC) along with its partners - Politecnico Internazionale per lo Sviluppo Industriale ed Economico (PISIE), Indian Finished Leather Manufacturers and Exporters Association (IFLMEA), Council for Leather Exports, Tata International Limited and the European Union (EU) – will work with 100 tanneries in the 42-month initiative.
The project will follow four key approaches:
The event brought together participants from India and EU, the Council for Leather Exports, key industry leaders and representatives from development partner communities
In line with Tamil Nadu’s effort to transition to a resource-efficient and circular economy model, this initiative supports clusters to adopt cleaner and sustainable production practices and entails pilot demonstration of sustainable technologies in tanneries.