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About SEIP Phase-II

Growth in the industrial sector is one of the key aspects that affect the development of a country. The Indian government is aiming for industrial growth rates of 12% to 14% and has the vision of increasing the manufacturing industry's contribution to the country's gross domestic product to 25 % by 2025 and creating 100 million jobs. Unfortunately, industrialisation in India, has so far been environmentally incompatible, taking place at the expense of the environment and biodiversity. Every year, several billion tons of solid waste and hazardous waste are generated that are not properly treated and disposed of.

In this dynamic environment, a key challenge is to achieve economic growth that benefits all citizens and does not compromise the environment. The extent to which India's growth can be made environmentally compatible will be of crucial importance for the country's sustainable development and for the global climate.

Enormous risks exist in terms of impacts on biodiversity, surface waters, soils, groundwater, resource use, intensification of climate change and social conflicts due to the locations chosen for industrial development. Although India has comparatively modern environmental legislation, its technical, organisational and personnel capacities at all levels of environmental administration show considerable shortcomings. As a result, polluters lack a central incentive to invest in environmental protection measures and efficient, environmentally and climate-friendly industrial development is hampered.

The Indian government has made a clear commitment towards industrial growth and protection of the environment. The State and the society are no longer willing to accept severe pollution resulting from industrial development. The private sector is also getting interested in adopting modern processes for clean and resource-efficient industrial production.