ROURKELA, FEB 27, 2021
“Judicious use of natural resources can help reduce the volume of generated waste. Let’s strive further to reduce energy consumption which will help in achieving a corresponding drop in the usage of natural resources and thereby reserving them for the future generation,” said Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) CEO Dipak Chattaraj, while inaugurating a national seminar on “Waste to Wealth – Effective Utilization of Solid Waste of Steel Plants” organised by the Institution of Engineers (India), Rourkela Local Centre in association with RSP, here today.
Deliberating further on the topic, Chattaraj said, “The technology savvy Steel and Process Industries have to focus on gainful utilization of solid, liquid and gaseous wastes. We must activate the desired treatment facilities to facilitate reuse and recycle of effluent to achieve zero discharge consistently.”
Expressing concern over the increasing generation of e-waste, he emphasized upon reutilizing the components and elements by suitably recycling them for a greener earth.
In his keynote address, SMR Prasad, former VP of JSW, elaborated on various forms of wastes being generated from the steel plants. Highlighting the potential commercial utilization of the wastes, he deliberated on value addition to the wastes thereby increasing returns and its effect in reducing cost of production. He made a detailed presentation pertaining to transforming waste into wealth by gainfully utilizing them.
In his address, NIT Director Animesh Biswas emphasized upon exploring every possible scientific method to find the suitable application of the wastes which has emerged as a major challenge.
RSP ED (Projects) Pankaj Kumar laid stress on finding cost effective engineering solutions to gainfully utilize dust, slag, sludge and other wastes of the Steel Industry.
During the occasion, Biswas, Prasad and SK Biswal, former Chief Scientist, CSIR were felicitated for their contributions in the field of environment studies.