DIF FIlm Circular Economy in India: Policy Direction

  • Speakers:
  • Ms Henriette Faergemann, Dr Rachna Arora , Ms Pavithra Mohanraj
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This session on ‘Government Action and Policy’ is Part 1 of a 4-part series on circular economy in India. Through a series of interviews, we will provide an overview of the work being undertaken by the Indian government – both at the Centre and the State level – towards developing a comprehensive framework for resource efficiency and circular economy. We will examine the collaborative efforts that were essential to the development of a resource efficiency strategy for India, the role played by NITI Aayog (the premier policy think-tank of the Indian Government) and key Ministries, as well as the role of bilateral EU-India cooperation for the development of the circular economy, which requires a global systems shift and cross-border collaborations.


Ms Henriette Faergemann

Ms Henriette Faergemann

Counsellor, Environment, Energy & Climate Change, Delegation of the European Union to India

Henriette Faergemann is Environment, Climate and Energy Counsellor in the
European Union Delegation to India based in New Delhi. She is responsible for
cooperation between the EU and India in these areas and in the area of Urbanisation and Smart Cities. Amongst others Ms Faergemann has created the India-EU Water Partnership, The India Resource Efficiency Initiative, and the India-EU Clean Energy & Climate Partnership, including initiatives to support offshore wind, energy efficiency, smart grids and the solar parks programme. Prior to joining the EU Delegation Ms Faergemann was working in the European Commission in Brussels since 1998: as a Member of Cabinet for Environment Commissioner Ritt Bjerregaard. in the European Commission's Directorate for Environment, responsible for preparing new EU Member for accession to the EU and as Team Leader responsible for inter-alia water scarcity & droughts, water & agriculture, water efficiency, adaptation to climate change and water innovation in the Unit responsible for protection of water resources.

Dr Rachna Arora

Dr Rachna Arora

Deputy Team Leader, EU-Resource Efficiency Initiative (GIZ)

Dr. Rachna Arora is working as a Deputy Team Leader in the Resource Efficiency project of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH funded by the European Union (EU) on issues related to fostering resource efficiency and secondary resource utilization.
She has been working with GIZ since 2007 under the bilateral projects, combi-finance projects of the European Commission and the partnership projects with the private sector with relevant Ministries and government departments. Her areas of expertise are electronic waste management, climate change, sustainable consumption, Construction and demolition wastes, end of life vehicles and circular economy. She is a doctorate degree in environmental chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee. She has published several articles and papers in national and international journals, book publications and is a part of the Research and Development (R&D) committee set up by the Department of Information Technology
and Communication, GoI on electronic waste management.

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