Rapid technological advances resulted in generating a colossal quantity of e-waste, and developing countries are bearing the brunt of such waste. Technologies are becoming obsolete at a rampant pace and with the absence of extended producer responsibility, the management of e-waste has become a task, according to K.M Dharesan Unnithan, Director, Energy management Centre.
According to Dharesan Unnithan, the efforts to make Kerala free from the usage of CFLs and fluorescent tubes, by replacing them with LED lights, by 2020 will bring about a huge reduction in the production of toxic e-wastes as well as the electrical energy consumption of the state. He was speaking after inaugurating the “ICT -based Awareness and Action Workshop on Electronic Waste” organised by Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA) for teachers from 30 selected schools of Thiruvananthapuram Corporation. The workshop was organised with the support of Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), Govt of Kerala, today.
Dr. Kamalakshan Kokkal, Chief Scientist and Head of Coastal and Environment division, Kerala State Council for Science Technology and Environment, delivered the keynote address. Technical sessions were handled by S. S. Nageshkumar, Asst. Manager & State Nodal Officer-E- waste, Clean Kerala Company Limited; G. Pramod, Consultant, E- Waste Management; Jayakrishnan K.S, Project Manager, Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE); and V.Nikhilesh Paliath, Thanal.
Dr.K.G Ajithkumar, Senior Programme officer, Kerala State Biodiversity Board presided. K.P Krishnakumar, Former Chief Engineer, KWA; B.V. Suresh Babu, Director, Energy & Clean Technologies, CISSA; and Dr. C.S. Ravindran, Former Principal Scientist, ICAR-CTCRI; also spoke.
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