An Environmental Audit: Tool for Sustainable Industrial Development in the State of Gujarat –India

By Mukund Patel, Srinivasarao Meka and Avinah Panditrao Deshmukh.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Sustainable development requires social economical, energy and environmental sustainability. Explosive growth of populations has increased the need for the rapid industrialization, this in turn led to resource consumption to unprecedented levels. Sustainable industrial development needs awareness among the industries, technological advances, various alternatives to reduce the waste etc.
In the recent past, the regulatory authorities have taken active steps to continuously monitor pollution levels in the industries. With active involvement of the industries and regulatory authorities significant improvements are brought in the pollution control and reduction in resource consumption. Two of the most important tools used by the regulatory authority are environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental audit (EA). The environmental audit has proved to be one of the important and effective tools of Environmental management system.
In the present paper, how the environmental audit as a tool has been implemented by the state of Gujarat, India has been discussed. Effectiveness of the audit scheme in reducing resource consumption, encourage research, and bring in environmental awareness has been demonstrated with the help of case studies.

Keywords: Sustainable Development, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Audit

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.47-56. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 522.371KB).

Prof Mukund Patel

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Dharmsinh Desai University, India

Prof Patel has 15 years of teaching experience. He is actively involved in various consultancy projects related to environmental pollution control. He is a member of the technical committee of Gujarat pollution control bord (Govt. Of Gujarat).Currently he is providing consultancy services to more than 30 highly polluting industries in the state of Gujarat. Presently he is pursuing his Ph.D. from DDU Nadiad in the field of environmental engineering.

Dr Srinivasarao Meka

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Dharmsinh Desai University, Nadiad, Gujarat, India

Avinah Panditrao Deshmukh

Lecturer, Chemical Engineering, D.D.University, India


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