Govt finalises draft of clean production policy

Will help industries to adopt eco-friendly processes


Our Correspondent October 15, 2021
The additional financing of $200m for the Sindh Resilience project will help govt better manage climate and disaster risks. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI:

The provincial environment watchdog has hammered out details of a production policy for reducing pollution.

The Sindh Environmental Protection (SEPA) in collaboration with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Pakistan has finalised the draft of the Cleaner Production Policy, a statement said on Thursday.

SEPA drafted the document with the help of renowned ecologists and is continuing the consultative process to hone it further before putting it up for the approval of the Sindh Cabinet to eventually implement it throughout the production and manufacturing sectors of the province.

In this regard, SEPA organised another consultative meeting of stakeholders on subject policy on Thursday at a local hotel.

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Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Coastal Development Ismail Rahoo said that the draft Cleaner Production Policy developed by SEPA with the support of WWF-Pak is a way forward to the environmental legislative mechanism of the province to provide detailed guidelines to manufacturing and services sectors for safer production practices.

Appreciating its basic concept, he said that cleaner production is the continuous application of an integrated preventive environmental strategy applied to processes, products, and services to increase overall efficiency and reduce risks to humans and the environment.

"Once this policy is approved by the provincial cabinet, Sindh will be the leading province to introduce Cleaner Production in Pakistan", he added.

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SEPA Director General Naeem Ahmed Mughal said the authority is striving hard for the implementation of environmental compliance in Sindh province and has taken a number of initiatives by taking strict action against the polluters and through mitigation measures including tree plantation to tackle the air pollution.

Sharing his thoughts, Rasheed, WWF-Pakistans's regional head Sindh and Balochistan, said, "Industry is the backbone of country's economy while textile and leather sectors are the heart of it. Cleaner Production Policy will help industries to adopt environmentally sound processes.

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