John Keells Office Automation Limited (JKOA) recently announced the island-wide launch of its flagship environmental campaign, "Go Green". The announcement was made at a seminar jointly organised by JKOA and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Sri Lanka (FCCISL), with the full patronage of the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) at CEA Auditorium.

Industries based in Punjab are discharging toxic and persistent waste into fertile croplands, rivers, and groundwater sources due non-availability of wastewater treatment facilities. It is obvious that wastewater treatment facilities are too expensive for the most individual units to afford.

AHMEDABAD : The city's garbage dump site at Pirana is being identified by the US Environment Protection Agency (USEPA) as a potential place for tapping methane the fuel used to run captive power plants. Ahmedabad will join the league of two other cities Mumbai and Pune whose landfill sites have been identified for a similar project.

Jute mainly grows in eastern India. It has been used as packaging material for different commodities and also to some extent for carpet backing, hessian, decorative fabrics etc. Due to stiff competition from synthetic fibre, it is necessary to find some new uses of jute fibre and its by product.

Date-palm leaf (sustainable agri-residue) is an excellent raw material for making pulp and paper of various grades due to the presence of high alpha cellulose (50-55%), hemi cellulose (26-30%) and ultimate fibre-length (1.25 to 2.50 mm).

Worldwide demand of phosphate fertilizer is met essentially

At the Jhamarkotra rock phosphate mines, the lowgrade Proterozoic rock phosphate containing 14

Many environmental problems arise from the deliberate or inadvertent abuse, misuse and over use of natural resources by human beings. In the past, changes were always slow, but this is no longer true. Industrial activities have drastically increased the pace at which changes in the environment are taking place.

With the steady development of technology processing secondary fibres during the last decades, the range of application for waste paper has widened considerably. Starting with partial replacement of mechanical pulp for newsprint, followed by total substitution, also high grade writing & printing as well as copy papers are considered to be made at least partially of recycled fibres.

For sustainability and growth of Indian paper industry, the technology has to be upgraded to adapt to Indian conditions in view of scale of paper production, raw material scenario and environmental concerns. Paper industry is looking at innovative ways and means to reduce the production cost, improve quality of the product, and improve ease of maintenance.