Punjab announces Bhagat Singh Prize for Environmental Protection and bans single-use plastic from July

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The Punjab administration said on June 5 that single-use plastic would be banned from July. Secretary of State for Science, Technology and Environment Rahul Tewari proclaimed the state government’s decision to preserve the environment during a virtual state-level function to commemorate the World Environment Day 2022. He said a ban on single-use plastic would be implemented in July. to make Punjab more environmentally friendly and healthier.

According to Tewari, the administration of Punjab – headed by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann – is “dedicated to making Punjab clean, green and pollution-free by following in the footsteps of our respected gurus”. As part of the overarching goal of “clean and green”, the Center has also issued advice to states and union territories encouraging them to phase out single-use plastic and help improve the ‘environment.

Union Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Giriraj Singh said on June 5 that India has set an ambitious target of meeting half of its energy needs from renewable resources by the end of the decade and achieve net zero emissions levels by 2070.

Tewari announced the construction of 55 sewage treatment plants across the state, saying that these state-of-the-art plants will minimize water pollution to some extent while also enabling the use of treated water for the agriculture and other associated activities, according to an official statement.

Meanwhile, he announced the establishment of the Shaheed Bhagat Singh Punjab State Environment Award, which would recognize outstanding contributions to environmental protection and conservation of the precious natural resources of the state.

He said the award, named after the legendary freedom fighter, will be a recognition of outstanding hard work done by individuals/organizations for the preservation of natural resources.

Fast food chain KFC India, meanwhile, has unveiled a “KFConscious” initiative under which it aims to deliver “sustainable restaurants” by harnessing energy efficiency and the use of eco-friendly materials. environment, the company announced on Sunday. The first such sustainable restaurant has been set up at Thyagaraya Nagar (T Nagar) in the city, the company said.

“A first for the fast food industry in the country, the restaurant is located at Thyagaraya Nagar (T Nagar) in Chennai,” marking the brand’s commitment to growing sustainably, a statement from here said. the society. “The efforts of the KFConscious initiative align with KFC’s global commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 46% by 2030.

(With contributions from the agency)

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