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International Conference on Integrated & Collaborative solutions for a Water Secure Future
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·         The India Water Tool 2.0, a tool that helps companies in India understand their water risks and prioritise actions for Sustainable Water Management was launched today at Water India 2015 International Conference on Integrated and Collaborative Solutions for a Water Secure Future organised by CII where industry and government shared a common platform to resonate the message of ensuring water use efficiency across sectors. The International Conference was organised as part of the ongoing India Engineering Trade Fair being organised by CII at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. 


·     Mr Joppe Cramwinkel, Director, Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva, mentioned that Industry today must collaborate based on the understanding that water is a shared resource with finite volumes resulting in collective risk. Responsible water management requires better information for better decision and this tool is the first step towards understanding water risks and develop management plan. 

The tool is the first of its kind country-specific tool developed jointly by 10 companies namely, ACC, Ambuja, Aditya Birla Group, BASF, ITC, Jain Irrigation, Mahindra, Monsanto, Nestle, PepsiCo and 3 knowledge partners, World Resources Institute, CII-Triveni Water Institute, and Skoll Global Threats Fund, coordinated by WBCSD. 

 

·     Ms Betsy Otto, Global Director, World Resources Institute, Washington, in her address mentioned about the relevance of presenting available information in a comprehensive manner through a platform, useful for the industry and other diverse stakeholders. Speaking at the conference, Ms Otto highlighted the significance of the India Water Tool 2.0, launched at the Conference, as being the first step for industries to assess their water risks. 

IWT 2.0 represents a platform for easy analysis of business critical data. It allows for first level screening of new sites by companies and investors to assess their potential risks. 

 

·      Mr Dhruv Sawhney, Chairman, CII-Triveni Water Institute and Past President CII & CMD Triveni Engineering Industries Ltd., mentioned about the immediate need for Water and wastewater management, given the increasing water challenges at the Global, Regional and national level. To ensure water use efficiency across urban sectors, CII-Triveni Water Institute, has been working on developing viable models of achieving water security that are implemented as a business preposition where returns on water savings are large and attractive. This approach ensures lesser risk to business, with project funding becomes easier and much more practical.

Water Audits for instance ensure an attractive Return on Investment with a Payback period of less than a year, said Mr. Sawhney. CII’s work has resulted in water savings of 75 billion liters, equivalent to supplying drinking water to entire rural population of India for a day.
 

Mr. Sawhney also reiterated the importance of training and skill development, through the certificate program for water and wastewater operators, being undertaken by CII.
 

 

·   Mr K B Biswas, Chairman, Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, addressing CII’s Water India 2015, stated his belief that the country will only be able to meet its water needs if it adopts a science-based approach to managing its water resources. “I am delighted to see that through the India Water Tool, data collected from various reliable sources has been combined and made accessible to companies so they can take an evidence-based approach to inform their water management strategies. I applaud the efforts of the organisations involved in making this happen,” he said. 

 

·    Mr Amit Gossain, Chairman, Steering Committee – 3rd IISWM 2015, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Business Development, JCB India Ltd  in his address mentioned that there is an urgent need to collaborate water management practices to address the water resource scarcity due to rapid urbanisation. He appreciated the India Water Tool Version 2.0 as a much needed platform to address the challenge. 

 

·      Ms Shilpa Devikar Nirula, CEO-Monsanto Co. (India region) and Managing Director-Monsanto India Limited, speaking at the Launch event of India Water Tool mentioned the usefulness of the Tool to agri-businesses. “Being an agri-based company, we work with a number of farmers. Our aim is producing more while conserving more to support growing populations sustainably. The tool helps us move a step closer to our goals. We at Monsanto are proud to be a part of this initiative which we believe is one important step in the right direction”. 

 

·    Dr Dilip Kulkarni, President, Agri food Division-Jain Irrigation Systems Limited mentioned that the efforts in the collaborative space are yielding results and that the tool will be useful to the Indian industry in presenting a holistic picture of water situation at their sites while mapping pockets of water availability and delineating water stress areas. 

 

·      Later in the day, key sustainability officers and CEOs of companies, deliberated on the design of the India Water Tool Version 2.0 and  its vast application and international case studies showcasing its effective usage. 

 

·     The Sessions of the International Conference witnessed eminent speakers like  Ms Shilpa Devikar Nirula, CEO, Monsanto Co. ( India region) and Managing Director – Monsanto India Limited, Mr Dilip Kulkarni, President, Agri Food Division , Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, Mr Tony Henshaw, Group Sustainability Officer, Aditya Birla Group, Mr Ajay Pradhan, Managing Director, CH2MHill- India, Mr Rajesh Wader, Divisional Manager Waste Water Treatment, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd  and Mr Graeme Fenton, International Business Manager, Hydro International, United Kingdom, deliberate upon the urgent need to  encourage concerted and collective  efforts from all stakeholders  to work towards Water Security.

 
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WATER INDIA 2015, a major initiative on Water which was organized by CII from 26-27th February 2015 in New Delhi, which gave an opportunity to companies in the Water sector to showcase their innovative products and services. Water India 2015 comprised an exhibition as well as an International Conference on Integrated & Collaborative Solutions for a Water secure Future”.

·        The India Water Tool 2.0, a tool that helps companies in India understand their water risks and prioritise actions for Sustainable Water Management was launched today at Water India 2015 International Conference on Integrated and Collaborative Solutions for a Water Secure Future organised by CII where industry and government shared a common platform to resonate the message of ensuring water use efficiency across sectors. The International Conference was organised as part of the ongoing India Engineering Trade Fair being organised by CII at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

·         Mr Joppe Cramwinkel, Director, Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Geneva, mentioned that Industry today must collaborate based on the understanding that water is a shared resource with finite volumes resulting in collective risk. Responsible water management requires better information for better decision and this tool is the first step towards understanding water risks and develop management plan. 

The tool is the first of its kind country-specific tool developed jointly by 10 companies namely, ACC, Ambuja, Aditya Birla Group, BASF, ITC, Jain Irrigation, Mahindra, Monsanto, Nestle, PepsiCo and 3 knowledge partners, World Resources Institute, CII-Triveni Water Institute, and Skoll Global Threats Fund, coordinated by WBCSD.

·     Ms Betsy Otto, Global Director, World Resources Institute, Washington, in her address mentioned about the relevance of presenting available information in a comprehensive manner through a platform, useful for the industry and other diverse stakeholders. Speaking at the conference, Ms Otto highlighted the significance of the India Water Tool 2.0, launched at the Conference, as being the first step for industries to assess their water risks.

IWT 2.0 represents a platform for easy analysis of business critical data. It allows for first level screening of new sites by companies and investors to assess their potential risks.

·      Mr Dhruv Sawhney, Chairman, CII-Triveni Water Institute and Past President CII & CMD Triveni Engineering Industries Ltd., mentioned about the immediate need for Water and wastewater management, given the increasing water challenges at the Global, Regional and national level. To ensure water use efficiency across urban sectors, CII-Triveni Water Institute, has been working on developing viable models of achieving water security that are implemented as a business preposition where returns on water savings are large and attractive. This approach ensures lesser risk to business, with project funding becomes easier and much more practical.

Water Audits for instance ensure an attractive Return on Investment with a Payback period of less than a year, said Mr. Sawhney. CII’s work has resulted in water savings of 75 billion liters, equivalent to supplying drinking water to entire rural population of India for a day.

Mr. Sawhney also reiterated the importance of training and skill development, through the certificate program for water and wastewater operators, being undertaken by CII.

·   Mr K B Biswas, Chairman, Central Ground Water Board, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India, addressing CII’s Water India 2015, stated his belief that the country will only be able to meet its water needs if it adopts a science-based approach to managing its water resources. “I am delighted to see that through the India Water Tool, data collected from various reliable sources has been combined and made accessible to companies so they can take an evidence-based approach to inform their water management strategies. I applaud the efforts of the organisations involved in making this happen,” he said.

·    Mr Amit Gossain, Chairman, Steering Committee – 3rd IISWM 2015, Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing & Business Development, JCB India Ltd  in his address mentioned that there is an urgent need to collaborate water management practices to address the water resource scarcity due to rapid urbanisation. He appreciated the India Water Tool Version 2.0 as a much needed platform to address the challenge.

·      Ms Shilpa Devikar Nirula, CEO-Monsanto Co. (India region) and Managing Director-Monsanto India Limited, speaking at the Launch event of India Water Tool mentioned the usefulness of the Tool to agri-businesses. “Being an agri-based company, we work with a number of farmers. Our aim is producing more while conserving more to support growing populations sustainably. The tool helps us move a step closer to our goals. We at Monsanto are proud to be a part of this initiative which we believe is one important step in the right direction”.

·    Dr Dilip Kulkarni, President, Agri food Division-Jain Irrigation Systems Limited mentioned that the efforts in the collaborative space are yielding results and that the tool will be useful to the Indian industry in presenting a holistic picture of water situation at their sites while mapping pockets of water availability and delineating water stress areas.

·      Later in the day, key sustainability officers and CEOs of companies, deliberated on the design of the India Water Tool Version 2.0 and  its vast application and international case studies showcasing its effective usage.

 

·     The Sessions of the International Conference witnessed eminent speakers like  Ms Shilpa Devikar Nirula, CEO, Monsanto Co. ( India region) and Managing Director – Monsanto India Limited, Mr Dilip Kulkarni, President, Agri Food Division , Jain Irrigation Systems Ltd, Mr Tony Henshaw, Group Sustainability Officer, Aditya Birla Group, Mr Ajay Pradhan, Managing Director, CH2MHill- India, Mr Rajesh Wader, Divisional Manager Waste Water Treatment, Kirloskar Brothers Ltd  and Mr Graeme Fenton, International Business Manager, Hydro International, United Kingdom, deliberate upon the urgent need to  encourage concerted and collective  efforts from all stakeholders  to work towards Water Security.

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India Water Tool Version 2.0 launched at CII’s Water India 2015
Water Resource Management through Efficient & Innovative Solutions for Asia & Europe – A Perspective by Hydro International
India Water Tool 2.0
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