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Energética India | September / October 2015

GLOBAL GREEN SUMMIT Encouraging Green Living Global Green Summit, a part of ACETECH, is a platform that addresses the concern for a green ecology and a balanced economy A famous poet once said, ‘Green is the prime colour of the world and that from which its loveliness arises.’The thought resonatesand reaffirms ACETECH’s belief in the necessity and power of a sustainable future, in the face of a world of looming challenges and increasingly limited resources. Moreover, ACETECH, as a platform, acknowledges the precept thatsustainability cannot be like some sort of a moral sacrifice or political dilemma or a philanthropic cause. Rather, that it has to be a design challenge. Taking this premise a notch further, ACETECH launched the very apt, Global Green Summit, a platform that addresses the concern for a green ecology and a balanced economy and discusses ‘glocal’ concepts that can further a sustained world. The five-year old, platform has been effective and impactful in kicking off a discourse on environmental sustainable policies and plans, amongst green experts and activists and those who pioneer the ecological cause. Due to take place on October 31, 2015, at NSC Grounds in Goregaon, Mumbai, The Global Green Summit unites architects, developers, green practitioners, urban planners, policy makers and influencers to promote and discuss the strategic agendas for a sustainable future. As a prelude, The Advisory Board Meet which took place at the Taj Palace in Delhi on May 15, 2015, set the motive and direction for the summit, targetinga high-impact green agenda for the future, through panel discussions and interaction. Convened by Rajat Malhotra from JLL, the Advisory Board Meeting brought together, some of the best minds from the industry and the government, including, GautamVivek – World Energy Council, Ar. Ashok Lall – Ashok B Lall Architects, AneeshKadyan – CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd.,Avikal Somvanshi – Centre For Science And Environment; Prabhpreet Singh Shah and Prof.Charanjit Shah – Creative Group; Ar. NilanjanBhowal – Design Consortium; Tarun Sharma – Ecorys India Pvt Ltd; Robert Hoellrigl – Encraft India Pvt Ltd; Deepak Bansal – HUDCO; Neeraj Kapoor – Kalpakrit-Sustainable Environments Pvt. Ltd; Revathi Kamath – Kamath Design Studio; Teddy D’Souza – Knauf AMF; Mario Schmidt – Lingel Windows and Doors Technologies Pvt. Ltd,GauravShorey – PSI Energy; JagdishAgarwal – Solar Power Developers Association,AmrithaBallal – SpaceMatters Design Studio; Koushik- Sarkar – USG Boral Building Materials (I) Pvt. Ltd and Amrita Pai – Welspun Renewables etc., to name a few. Discussion revolved around a variety of topics, such as, affordable and sustainable housing, role of facilities management in motivating a sustainable culture,smart cities, waste-to-energy, green citizenship, priorities of building, economic viability and regulations, etc. ‘Make in India’ emerged as the prime theme at the meet, focusing on employment, manufacturing, innovation and the agrarian economy and the board also broached upon an important discussion on whether India was ready to deal with the environmental impact, fallout of rampant production. What followed was an intellectual discussion on renewable energy i.e. priority financing in solar, importance of energy axis and grid compatibility. “People across India’s social spectrum are aware of the concept of sustainable development and the time has come that we all organize the way we live and the way we devise our future,” said Ar. Ashok Lall. While discussing India’s Smart City Mission, Mr.Sanjay Prakashre marked, “Smart cities are made by smart people.” During the discussion, the advisory board also agreed that the economic engine of the city, liveability and citizen participation are some of the aspects that need to be considered, along with physical infrastructure. Mr.Prabhpreet Shah, Executive Director, Creative Group, said, “Being in the Architecture & Engineering industry, we are constantly faced with the challenge of improving the Sustainability quotient of the urban environment while addressing aspects such as aesthetics, user experience, functionality, economic viability and constructability. For a consultant in-charge of envisioning and delivering such new facilities, Global Green Summit is an ideal platform.” Also, what can be referred to as an important development, Welspun Renewables joined hands with Global Green Summit to bring out about effective solutions. “By steadily building country’s largest solar capacities, we are proving that green energy is doable and can be made affordable through rapid expansion. It is here that the objectives of Global Green Summit and Welspun Renewables are aligned,” said Vineet Mittal, Vice Chairman, Welspun Renewables. To summarise the impact and scale of the Summit, Teddy D’Souza,Operations Head (India & South Asia) of Knauf AMF India Pvt Ltd, pointed out, “If such minds from the industry come together with their vast experiences, I’m sure that we can work together to recommend ideas and prompt formulation of policies to ensure that the smart cities remain sustainable over the years.” GREEN BUILDING 70 energética INDIA · SEP | OCT15


Energética India | September / October 2015
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