Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Vice-Chancellor V N Rajasekharan Pillai today noted that IT garbage was a major challenge to the world and the developing countries were being viewed as a 'dumping ground' for IT waste.
Inaugurating the two-day Kerala State Chemical Engineers Conference ''Chem 09,'' organised by the Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Mr Pillai said IT garbage was a serious challenge for the mankind and there was also a need to develop bio-degradable plastic, which did not pose any threat to the ecology.'' Stressing the importance of chalking out a sustainable development programme without harming the environment, Mr Pillai said there was a need for a sustained water management, which would augur well for the future of mankind.
He said chemical engineers had a pivotal role to play in arresting climate change and global warming.
Delivering the presidential address, BPCL Kochi Refinery Executive Director E Nandakumar said the chemical engineers had an important role to play in developing a sustainable energy policy.
He stressed that more emphasis should be given to efficient fuel usage besides increasing the quality of fuel being used.
Meanwhile, the development of alternative fuels like ethanol, methanol and bio-diesel would have a positive effect on the environment, he added.
During the course of the conference, various papers relating to 'Energy for Sustainable Society and Green Technologies,' 'Chemical Process Engineering and Technology and Separating Techniques,' 'Process Safety and Loss Management and Process Dynamics and Control' and 'New Materials and Process and Chemical Engineering and Society' would be presented.