The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) under the aegis of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), Government of India and in association with Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India (ACMA), will organise a day-long conference titled “International Material Data System (IMDS), and End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Regulations” on March 18 in New Delhi.
The conference is a first-of-its-kind initiative that will focus on sustainable material management and environmentally safe disposal and tracking of hazardous chemical, heavy metals, Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS), etc. to minimise their adverse impact on the environment and human health. The apex industry body said the subject matter attains critical importance since the use of such chemicals in the automotive sector might pose technical barriers to trade in future.
The deliberations during the conference would provide unique database/information hitherto inadequately available on the use and disposal of hazardous chemicals, POPs and heavy metals in the whole vehicle lifecycle.
SIAM said such a database could facilitate the automotive sector, regulatory agencies, R&D institutions and Ministries for piloting the discussions and negotiations under the Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, for which MoEF&CC is the nodal agency.
Justice Swatanter Kumar, Former Judge, Supreme Court & Former Chairman, NGT, will grace the event as the chief guest. Bhure Lal, Chairman, EPCA, will be the special guest of honour. Other participants will comprise Dr Bharat Kumar Sharma, Additional Director, CPCB, Govt. of India, Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI, Thomas Frühbuss, Account Business Executive, DXC Technology, Dr Sharath Pallerla, Director, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Govt. of India, Dr Anand Kumar, Addl. Director, CPCB, Govt. of India, Dr A N Vaidya, NEERI, Govt. of India, Paurnima Barwe, Volvo Group, Nisha Ganesan, IMDS Coordinator, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., Dr Ishizuka Satoshi, Sr. Advisor, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, Sumit Issar, MD, Mahindra Intertrade, S Shanmugham, Global Leader - Materials Technology, WABCO India, Frank Nottebom, Account Business Executive, DXC Technology, Shridhar Rajappanavar, Technical Head, PCCS, Guru Shankar Rajan, DGM, Mahindra & Mahindra, Asmita Sathaye, DGM, TATA Motors, Ajith Kumar, Consultant R&D, TVS Motor, Srinivasa Raghavan, Material Science Expert, Brakes India along with other line ministries and various national & international experts and consultants from Indian & Overseas, ACMA and SIAM members.