The National Green Tribunal (NGT) took suo motu cognisance about lack of solar waste management policy in India, directed constitution of a joint committee.
The Suo Motu cognizance has been taken by the Tribunal on an Article Published in the magazine i.e. ‘Down to Earth ‘under the title ‘Times’s running out; Is India ready to handle 34,000 tonnes of Solar Waste by 2030?’. It is published in the article that India’s ambitious solar target is 280 GW by 2030 and it is high time to formulate a sound solar waste management policy, whereas India does not have a solar waste management policy.
The two member bench of Justice Brijesh Sethi and Prof. A. Senthil Vel in view of the serious problem which we are going to face in future, constituted a Joint Committee of Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF & CC) and Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE).
The tribunal said that the committee so constituted shall ascertain the factual position in the matter. The MoEF & CC will be the Nodal agency for coordination and compliance.
The tribunal ordered that the Joint Committee may meet within four weeks and undertake site visit, if required and look into the grievance. Accordingly, an Action Plan shall be prepared with regard to environmentally sound management of solar panel waste in accordance with the laid down norms.
The tribunal further added that the Action Plan/Report may be furnished within three months by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org preferably in the form of searchable PDF/ OCR Support PDF and not in the form of Image PDF.
The tribunal directed that a copy of the order, along with a copy of the complaint, be forwarded to the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF & CC) and Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) by e-mail for compliance.
Case title: Application is registered as Suo Motu Case based on an Article published in Down to Earth Magazine.
Citation: Original Application No. 112/2022