Four winning proposals on “Creating Wealth from Waste” received awards on December 9, 2019 at the IC-IMPACTS Science and Technology Innovation Dialogue in New Delhi, India. This Call for Proposals was launched jointly by IC-IMPACTS (A Network of Centres of Excellence) and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Government of India.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the global pressures of population growth, urbanization, water shortages, and climate change impacts are increasing the agricultural demands to treat waste as a steady source of water and nutrients. In addition, freshwater, nutrients, energy, and chemical compounds recovered from wastewater and solid waste have found applications in areas such as irrigation, horticulture, forestry, and industrial water supply. Collaborations between academia, government, and industry to recover water, nutrients, energy, and valuable chemicals from waste will yield innovative technologies that can be scaled up to global markets for creating wealth from waste.
This joint IC-IMPACTS and DBT Call for Proposals was launched in February 2019, and called for biotechnology-driven research-based solutions that can be implemented in cities such as Delhi, Kanpur, and Varanasi, or in locations with similar geographies. The following successful proposals have the potential to be developed as a commercially viable option to extract wealth from wastewater or solid waste and be applicable to rejuvenating polluted bodies of water such as the River Ganga in India.
Below are the winning proposals along with a brief description:
“Scientific collaboration between Canada and India is key to solving problems and implementing solutions in each nation, both of which share a concern for the environment and an aspiration to minimize the impact of ever-growing industrial activities. IC-IMPACTS is delighted to partner with India’s Department of Biotechnology to support these promising bilateral research projects, and apply the solutions thus generated to Prime Minister Modi’s missions including Ganga Rejuvenation. The innovative part of this bilateral effort is that while creating solutions towards waste management, the developed technologies will also generate wealth for our communities.”
– Dr. Nemy Banthia, CEO & Scientific Director, IC-IMPACTS
“It is very important that available waste carbon is used innovatively and effectively to create wealth out of it. Department of Biotechnology has been supporting several novel and sustainable technologies to generate Energy or value added products from biodegradable waste. I congratulate four winning teams from both India and Canada. The innovative technologies generated as the outcome of these joint projects would significantly contribute towards India’s Swachh Bharat and Ganga Rejuvenation Missions and for cleaner environment of both countries”
– Dr. Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology