EU – India collaboration to push agricultural Resources Efficiency to the next level.

Venlo, The Netherlands

New Delhi, India

On June 25th 2021, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and Noble Environmental Technologies Europe BV (ECOR) signed a Letter of Intent cementing their plans of a joint collaboration under the EU’s Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI).

EU-REI aims to support India in the implementation of the United Nations global sustainable consumption and production (SCP) agenda to foster the efficient and sustainable use of natural resources by way of adapting international standards and best practices in business on resource efficiency. It seeks to achieve this through the assessment of Indi̇a’s current and future needs for resources, facilitating partnerships between EU and India stakeholders, and raising awareness on the need for resource efficient and circular economy approaches in India.

Whereas GIZ, together with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), Confederation of the Indian Industry (CII) and adelphi, leads a consortium for the implementation of the EU-financed Resource Efficiency Initiative (EU-REI) project, ECOR strives to reconfigure today’s production and consumption systems by implementing a sustainable way of resource utilisation, based on the principles of a circular economy.

ECOR – Enabling, co-Creation, co-Operation, and co-Responsibility – is a high performance, clean, VOC-free panel that is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable. ECOR upcycles fiber-based residues from agricultural, industrial, or urban production & consumption cycles to create panels for applications in amongst others furniture production, the built environment, displays and signages.

Focusing on agricultural production cycles and specific rice, paddy, straw in India, this signed Letter of Intent emphasises the LOI partners’ agreement to cooperate on activities such as:

Caption: ECOR panel rice straw 

  • Data collection and analysis of crop residue value-chain with the sustainable and impact driven execution plan
  • Business models to be piloted at one demonstration site in the State of Andhra Pradesh by 2023
  • Outreach, awareness-raising campaigns for product dissemination and workshops to create awareness about ECOR’s material value chain;
  • In co-development with Material Innovation Center (MIC) create centres where learnings can be shared. 

E.Logtens, Corporate Director Circular Economy, ECOR: “Through our highly anticipated collaboration with GIZ, we strive to execute the EU REI in the most impactful manner, working on scaling our technology and product both in EU and India.”

R. Arora, Team Leader EU-REI: “The partnership between ECOR and GIZ will be able to nurture a collaborative ecosystem which is key to set up innovative models, build trust and showcase locally adapted state of art technological solutions.”

For more information, please contact:

Netherlands Press Inquiries:

Sann Carrière 

India Press Inquiries:

Rachna Arora

Team Leader EU-REI 

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