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Rajat Malhotra (COO, Integrated Facilities Management, JLL), AneeshKadyan (Director – Operations, CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd.), Teddy D’souza (Operations Head, Knauf AMF), Kishor Nair (Head- Renewable Energy Business, Welspun Renewables) , Mario Schmidt (MD- Lingel), Robert Hoellrigl (President – R&D, Design- Encraft ) among others. The first session revolved around the topic, ‘Affordable Housing,’ wherein Sharad Mahajan, Executive Director of a NGO called MASHAL, spoke about the importance of research and analysis, the role of architecture and planning institutions and the necessity of policy makers and designers to make informed decisions. As the event progressed, Mahender Vasandani, President, M Square|Urban Design, disseminated information and knowledge based on his experience, on the role of urban design in creating culture and climate specific housing and on a holistic city experience rather than economically ghettoized enclaves. Prashant Sutaria, Founder of Centre Of Living And Planning For Tomorrow, threw light on the role of architects, in a sector where most attention is paid to policy and planning, especially in the context of environmental sustainability. Ar. Mukesh Mehta shared his insights on participatory planning based on the experience with Dharavi and informed on the ways to balance inclusion with efficiency, transparency and accountability built into the process. Everyone on the Affordable Housing panel agreed that political will was the most important for any significant step to be taken. The second session centered around the ‘Role of facilities management companies in motivating a Sustainable Culture’ and the panel discussed varied aspects, including the life cycle of a building being in the hands of a facility manager yet, he/she having little or no influence on the design, efficiency ratings in sustainable buildings, standards used to benchmark a building’s performance, etc. The panel also discussed about the conduct and awareness of occupants and tenants having a big influence on what the Facility Manager can or cannot achieve while operating a building sustainably. Also, the question, how does the Facility Manager propound a Sustainable culture, received eager responses. It was agreed among panellists that reporting about awards received by most sustainable buildings, will create more awareness among investors, occupants, tenants, developers, and Facility Management companies. Nominees of Welspun Renewable’s Green Hero initiative spoke about their innovative ideas in the third session on ‘Disruptive grassroot innovation for a sustainable future’. R N Bhaskar, Consulting Editor, Business India was the moderator for the panel. Narayan Peesapaty, who won the Green Hero award, said that his innovation would help reduce plastic usage and soil pollution and in the long run would help farmers earn more by cultivating jowar. The fourth session on ‘Make-in-India – The Green Built Environment’, moderated by V Suresh, Director, Hirco Projects Companies, highlighted the importance of vernacular architecture and how vernacular methods can solve modern day problems. Ar. Jay Shah from Access Architects gave a presentation on the topic, ‘Jugaad’–Unique Solutions For Unique Problems. The panellists reached a consensus that India needs to develop a unique model before the world which would be a blend of traditional as well as modern. The fifth session, ‘Making Renewable Energy Mainstream- The India Context’, was moderated by Gaurav Shorey, a team member of PSI Energy. Issues of grid compatibility, local operating condition and increasing energy demand were addressed. Shekhar Dutt, Director General, Solar Power Developers Association imparted knowledge about policy prerogativesand renewable energybased vehicles as supplement to fuel-based ones in urban settings. Balbir Khera, CEO, Surmount Energy, shared his experiences in Africa on how to get solar to the last mile via various collective cost sharing models that are economically viable. Dr. Anjali Parasnis spoke about TERI’s experience in the Ecocity project, DSM initiatives, and wet-land conservation as a DSM feature while Ar. Sandeep Goswami showed the business angle behind why everyone should consider opting for and investing in solar and other renewable energy technologies. Usha Rangarajan presented her case study on the Pimpri Chinchwad New Town Development Authority project wherein the building was put entirely on to solar at no additional cost and she highlighted the impact of working in an “Integrated Design Team”. In the sixth session on Sustainable Smart Cities, the panelists saw a need to ensure alignment of all stakeholders on the understanding of a smart city. The sustainability of a smart city was said to be a conceptually holistic being, a sustainable economic engine preserving the character of the city and one that is designed with systems that minimize the environmental impact of the city’s existence. Again, in the smart cities discussion, resource management was said to be the determining factor of a sustainable smart city. The panellists had a discussion on questions such as, what is the impact of smart cities on energy consumption, what percentage of reduction would be a reasonable and achievable target and if it was possible for smart cities to be net zero in the future. The talk steered towards brainstorming on the systems that one can bring into the designing of a smart city and best operating practices one can put to use to conserve this very important resource. At the same time, Teddy D’souza–the Operations Dr. P.C. Jain, Chairman AECOM India, IGBC, Faye D’souza, Editor ET Now, Times Group/ Magicbricks Now, Vineet Mittal, Vice Chairman- Welspun Renewables, Narayana Peesapaty- Innovator, Edible Cutlery (Winner Green Heroes Award) L - Mario Schmidt- MD, Lingel Windows & Doors Technologies Pvt Ltd. R - Vineet Mittal, Vice Chairman, Welspun Renewables GLOBAL GREEN SUMMIT 54 energetica INDIA · NOV | DEC15


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