· “Energy is the key to progress but at the same time it is a big challenge as well. We should prepare a work plan according to the nature for energy production. Rajasthan is a national leader in the field of solar energy and under Jawaharlal Nehru scheme for solar mission (JNNSM) majority of solar projects are located in Rajasthan” said Her Excellency Smt Margaret Alva, Governor of Rajasthan while speaking as a Chief Guest at the Inaugural Session of the 4th National conference on Green Buildings & Renewable Energy organised by Confederation of Indian Industry; Indian Green Building Council, Jaipur Chapter; Department of Urban Development & Housing and Local Self Government & Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation at Jaipur.
Her Excellency added that “In the field of wind energy also, India is globally positioned at no.5 by generating 11000 MW wind energy after US, Germany, China and Spain”. Governor also stressed upon the need of national strategy to adopt climate change so as to provide coming generation a safe & suitable environment. She added that focus on green buildings will address various concerns related to environment, energy and water and deliberations on much a pertinent topic is required in the current arena.
Her Excellency congratulated CII to bring this issue of Renewable Energy & Green Buildings to public by this platform of national conference and expressed her gratitude.
· Dr G S Sandhu, Addl Chief Secretary – UDH & LSG, GoR said that Climate change presents a unique and most daunting challenge faced by the world today. And to protect the society at large we need to diminish the impact of climatic changes, therefore we should adopt the concept of green buildings.
He further added that there are good technologies available in the market which are associated with Green Buildings.
· According to Mr Shailendra Agarwal, Principal Secretary – Energy and Chairman & Managing Director, Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation it is the responsibility of the industry, government and society to think proactively then only one would be able to contribute positively towards green buildings concept and renewable energy.
· “Rajasthan at the end of the year 2017 will have a generation of 3500 MW solar energy, 3000 MW wind energy and 10000 MW thermal energy” said Mr Shailendra Agarwal during his address at the Conference. He mentioned that Government of India has made it mandatory for companies to use 5 % of the total energy in green energy. Therefore, Rajasthan is the choice for everyone. He invited industrialist to set up wind power plant in Rajasthan. There is a very High potential of wind power generation- Around 6000 MW. Biomass- Immense potential due to availability of Juli-flora (Vilayati Babool), mustard husk and other agriculture residues as biomass fuel.
· Mr S Raghupathy, Executive Director, CII Sohrabji Godrej Green Building Centre, Hyderabad made a very effective and forward looking presentation on Green Buildings and suggested for the following measures towards making a Green Rajasthan:
Green roofs and walls
Promote Green Hospitals
Promote Green Schools
Mr Prashant Kapoor, Principal Industry Specialist - Green Building, IFC - World Bank, Washington DC emphasized that Carbon dioxide and green house guesses are the main cause behind the climate change and to get to solutions, government and private sector has to work together. Companies have to reduce water consumption in processing plants, conserve energy and save environment.
Mr Ratnesh P Kashyap, Chairman, CII Rajasthan State Council welcomed the distinguished guests and participants during the Inaugural Session and explained his view on Green Buildings & Renewable Energy. He also said that CII feel that the long term policy interventions, attracting investments, providing financing mechanisms & developing innovative technologies are some of the vital factors, which could provide a major fillip to the Renewable Energy efforts in the country and specifically in the state. According to him building sector accounts for 30-40 % of global Green House Gas emissions.
Mr Kashyap praised State Government for the developments in the field of wind and solar energy in recent days which will definitely pave the way to position Rajasthan as a major player in the renewable energy sector.
Mr Nitin Gupta, Director & State Head, CII Rajasthan mentioned that CII started the Green Building movement in India and now there are 1707 registered Green Buildings in India with 1.20 billion sq ft area. In 2001, there was only 1 Green building with 20000 sq ft. CII- Sohrabji, Godrej Green Building Centre at Hyderabad is providing certification to green buildings throughout India.
Mr Kishore Khaitan, Chairman, CII – Indian Green Building Council Rajasthan proposed Vote of thanks.
Various leading and prominent speakers from all over India as well as abroad such as Mr Prashant Kapoor, Principal Industry Consultant, International Finance Corporation from Washington DC; Mr Nimish Patel, Partner, ABHIKRAM; Mr Kuldeep Ranka, Commissioner, Jaipur Development Authority; Mr Raghunath Mahapatra, Vice President and Head- Strategy, Welspun Energy; Mr N K Khare, Chief Town Planner – Rajasthan, GoR; Mr Sanjay Sharma, General Manager - Toshiba VRF Business, Carrier India; Mr Amor Kool, Sustainability Consultant, AECOM; Mr Anupam Mathur, Executive Vice President, Inox Wind; addressed the gathering.
The programme was well attended by over 200 delegates and addressed by a galaxy of over 15 eminent speakers from all across the country on issues of vital significance like.
The extreme depletion of natural resources, the widespread destruction of environment globally and rapid growth in urbanisation has placed immense strain on land and other natural resources which is resulting in reduction of green spaces. As urbanisation continues to grow, there is an imminent need to enhance the green cover as also to take a serious look into renewable sources of energy. The green concepts and techniques can help address national issues like water efficiency, energy efficiency, waste management and enhancing biodiversity. Most importantly, these concepts can create healthier and safer places for people to live, work & play and also makes good business sense.
Today energy efficiency is in no way less important than for resources of energy i.e. coal, gas, oil and uranium. The best part of energy efficiency lies in the smart construction and sustainable use of it. As per statistics millions of square metres of commercial and residential space is being added annually which results in additional burden of billions units of electricity.
Application of energy efficiency requires planning of building, its envelope, interiors, air-conditioning and other gadgets. The requirement is to recognize the areas where the use of natural resources of energy can be maximized to make the building effective and sustainable.
With the tremendous growth in India’s population and a projected GDP growth of 7-8%, one needs to ensure a sustained energy supply and increased energy security. Since the building sector is connected to nearly all other energy demands, be it agriculture, transport, industrial, residential and commercial, it is of prime importance that all solutions towards energy efficiency and conservation in this sector be looked at in depth and put to use as soon as possible.
The key is to maintain ecological balance and fulfill the demand of energy avoiding any cause of hindrance to the progress of industry. The Green Building concept utilizes natural resources to its maximum. During planning and design stage one can ensure proper placing of windows, orientation of windows and walls, porches and trees to shade windows and roof thereby increasing natural heat gain during winters and reduce heat in summers. Steps such as maximizing natural light during day time, using solar energy panels for solar water heating system, etc. reduces operating costs significantly.
Today going green is becoming a global motto and the Indian energy sector is also supporting renewable energy and making a shift from conventional to renewable sources. The biggest opportunity is seen in green power like wind, solar, biogas and hydro to reduce emissions and lower India’s dependence on coal and petroleum for meeting its power needs. Currently, clean technology is witnessing a boom in global venture funding, with solar and wind energy attracting maximum investor interest.
The country's status as a developing nation may actually prove to be a blessing in disguise for the green power sector. A yawning rural-urban divide, population growth, inadequate facilities, low standard of living, these are but only a few of the many challenges that lie ahead before India as it forges up on a steep, development gradient. The world at large is confronted by an urgent need to make industry, business and lifestyles greener and more environment friendly.
Climate Change and Renewable Energy are the important aspects which are major areas of concern and plays significant role in the livelihood and future of any country and state as well. Renewable Energy is one of the source by which we can work towards reducing the energy production by maximizing the usage of natural resources. On one side it helps in conserving natural resources for our future generations on the other hand it helps us in conserving the environment by maximizing the optimal usage.
With this background and as an effort to bring all the stakeholders at a common platform to deliberate on these urgent issues, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Indian Green Business Council (IGBC) organized the 4th edition of National Conference on Green Buildings & Renewable Energy on 9 May 2013 at Jaipur. The earlier editions of the programme were very well received by all stakeholders and addressed by renowned specialists on subject issues from across the country.
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