· Mr Ashok Lavasa, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India speaking at the conference said that Growth cannot be thought of without thinking about the future and analyzing past. He said that we the people living in cities need to learn the eco-system arrangement in our villages. He added that we are today facing the worst energy crisis which is being faced all over the world and hence apart from considering renewable energy alternatives, we need to reduce our energy consumption by collective efforts. He also informed the participants about the creation of smart power grids for reducing the waste of energy to minimal.
· Mr S S Bala, Additional Director, Central Pollution Control Board, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India said that Industry needs to segregate the waste categorically into bio degradable and degradable waste to ensure effective waste management. He said that we will have to understand that it is individuals and not the industry or households that need to rethink their waste generation and waste management. He added that we need to curb the habit of producing waste by considering the environmental impact of each and every activity of our daily life cycle.
· Dr Prem C Jain, Chairman, Indian Green Building Council shared with the delegates that in India, currently we have 165 crores of green building space and with the ongoing initiatives and efforts, we will be able to increase it to 100 fold. He continued that as patrons of society, we should do our bit in reducing the burden on environmental cycle. He also said that schools should inculcate energy and water conservation initiatives so that we can see happy and safe environments for our coming generations.
· Mr Vikram Kasbekar, Chairman, CII Task Force on IR, CII Northern Region, & Head, Operations & Supply Chain, Hero Moto Corp Limited said that conserving energy goes hand in hand with recycling waste. He also emphasized that rainwater harvesting, solar panels, increasing green belts and using LED lights are some of the major initiatives which industry needs to focus on in the current times.
· Mr Gaurang Pandya, Conference Chairman, & Managing Director, Carrier Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Ltd said that Green Growth and Sustainability hold the opportunities for both Industry and Society which need to be leveraged right now for a secure future. He said that with the rising population which is expected to be around 9.3 billion by 2050, it is estimated that there will be an increase of energy resources and shortages will foster environmental insecurities. He added that it is need of the hour to meet the energy requirements through alternative sources of energy while using the available resources judiciously.
· Mr Neeraj Munjal, Chairman, CII Haryana State Council & Managing Director, Shivam Autotech Ltd said that we need to respect our resources and need to form more clusters of energy efficient industries to ensure sustainable business growth. He added that Climate Change is a major challenge which we need to address as the global business scenario is changing rapidly. He highlighted the work being done by the CII Centre for Competitiveness where focus is on energy and water conservation in order to make Industry competitive. He further said that, today because of the global regulatory framework, industries are bound to reduce their carbon foot print which is a positive way forward.
· Mr Amit Sardana, Managing Director, Dataserv APAC & the environment partner for the conference said that the very first step towards responsible disposal of waste from electrical and electronic equipment is awareness. Unless we understand the implications of improper disposal of e-waste we will not be motivated to ensure ethical and environmentally friendly disposal. Discussing the initiatives taken by the company, he informed that the company has introduced a free pick up and recycling service for all residents and corporates of Gurgaon. After seeing the enthusiastic response of all stakeholders in signing the pledge on e-waste & re-cycling, he said that he is hopeful that the e-waste menace can be effectively managed with their cooperation.
· The conference saw presentations by Mr Rahul Garg, Assistant Director - Operations & Portfolio Management, Carrier Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Pvt Ltd, Mr Barun Aggarwal, Director, Paharpur Business Center, Prof Charanjit Singh Shah, Founding Principal, Creative Group, Mr S S Bath, Founder & Architect, Sky Farms, Ms Anuradha Joshi, Principal, Sardar Patel Vidyalaya and Mr A K Upadhyay, Vice President,RWA, Vasant Kunj
· Through the conference, CII tried to connect the re-cycling industry and the society by associating with an International E-waste and recycling organisation – Dataserv (A R2 certified recycler), providing whole life-cycle value for assets to the end users. A pledge was signed by all the stakeholders showing commitment towards reducing Carbon footprint by working jointly on Waste Management & re-cycling.
· The conference witnessed the presence of more than 160 participants from industry, schools, colleges and resident welfare associations from the NCR region comprising Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida and Delhi.
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) had organized a Conference on Green Growth – The Only Way Forward on 27th September 2013 at Gurgaon.
This conference was an initiative by the CII to help the Industry, Education Sector and Society to discuss this important issue and included important sessions with speakers from renowned companies across the country to discuss and deliberate on crucial topics such as Eco Friendly Technologies: Opportunities & Challenges, Creating Wealth out of Waste and Access to Finance Green / Eco Friendly Technologies (Details appended).
CII had invited Capt Ajay Singh Yadav, Minister for Power, Forest & Environment, Government of Haryana , Mr Pradeep Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Power, Government of India, Dr A Duraisamy, Director, Ozone Cell, Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India, and Dr Ajay Mathur , Director General, Bureau of Energy Efficiency, Government of India, Mr Arun Kumar, Director General HAREDA, Mr Ajay Tyagi, Chairman, Central Pollution Control Board, Government of India to join us at the Inaugural session of the conference.
The Conference was witness the presence of the delegates from the industry - manufacturing as well as IT sector, education institutes, resident welfare associations and several Government agencies.
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