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Call for Action Event to Advance Low-Carbon Practices in Construction Sector

The Call for Action is part of a series of three events in metropolitan cities supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, active in the field of energy efficiency and low-emission development.

August 10, 2023. By Anurima Mondal

In a bid to promote transformative change and responsible practices in building and construction industry, a Call for Action Event as part of the Decarbonisation Business Charter (DBC) a joint collaborative effort by WRI India, Alliance for an Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), EcoCollab and Mahindra Lifespace Developers was held at the Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi.
As part of the charter, stakeholders’ consultations were organized to identify key actions for the value chain across the building and construction sectors. It outlines actions for architects, designers, developers, contractors, property owners, facility managers, material manufacturers, and industry bodies that will be imperative for the sector to transition towards a low-carbon pathway.
By adopting a value chain approach, the DBC is a movement that brings together stakeholders across the entire lifecycle of buildings for collective effort in fostering sustainability and achieving a more ecologically responsible building and construction industry.
Dr. Jonathan Demenge, Head of Cooperation, SDC mentioned the work being done collaborative initiatives between the governments of Switzerland and India and Switzerland in the decarbonization space – on low carbon cement, energy efficient buildings and low emission development of cities – and climate change. Meanwhile, Dr. Ralf Heckner, Ambassador of Switzerland to India and Bhutan termed the decarbonisation charter a visionary idea and called on the building and construction sector stakeholders to sign it.
Dr. Satish Kumar, President & Executive Director, AEEE, said, "With this radical initiative, we are calling diverse stakeholders of the building and construction industry to drive the transition towards a low-carbon future while creating lasting environmental and economic benefits."
Balvinder Kumar, IAS, Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) calls energy efficient technologies mandatory. Saurabh Diddi, Director, Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), added, “Schedule of rates for the Public Works Department (PWD) will include energy efficient materials.”
Talking about the event, Dr. Sunita Purushottam, Head of Sustainability, Mahindra Lifespace Developers Ltd (MLDL), said, “The next step for each of the signatories to DBC is to quantify their current position. The charter defines a future world that we want to see – a low-carbon, energy-efficient time that is linked to our lives, worlds, and health.”
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