Experts at a round-table meeting organised by the Ministry of Climate Change (MOCC) warned that hazardous waste from ship breaking yards would increase to 122,000 tonnes in 10 years.
These views were expressed at a donors round-table meeting on ‘Environmentally Sound Management of Waste from Ship Dismantling and other Industries in Pakistan’ on Wednesday. The workshop aimed to highlight the practical approach for protecting the environment from 22,000 tonnes of hazardous waste produced per year. It was also emphasised during the meeting to enhance the development of safe and environmentally sound ship-recycling in the country with an aim to improve the standards and sustainability of the ship breaking industry.
It was envisaged that a common hazardous waste treatment, storage and disposal facility should be established in Gadani for making the shipyards there environmentally sustainable. MOCC Secretary Syed Abu Ahmad Akif, MOCC Joint Secretary, International Labour Organisation Country Director Ingrid Christensen, UNEP Secretariat of Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions Programme Officer Susan Wingfield, Ministry of Environment Secretary Sajjad Ahmed Bhutta, Ministry of Climate Change Deputy Director Dr Zaigham Abbas participated in the workshop. Akif said that it was the ultimate responsibility of the ship breaking industry to adopt safe and sustainable standards. He warned that if protective measures were not taken, the waste levels would drastically increase to over 122,000 metric tonnes in 10 years. In the welcome address, the joint secretary of MOCC said that the ministry was determined to protect the environment and collaborate with relevant organisations across the globe to keep the marine and aquatic life safe. Bhutta said that Gadani ship-breaking yard is the world’s third largest ship breaking yard and providing environment-friendly waste management and recycling facilities would strengthen the industry in Pakistan.
Source: Hellenic shipping news. 16 December 2016