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National Conference on Green Design-Private Sector Builders to Adopt Green Buildings in Future Constructions

Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, while delivering his special address at the National Conference on Green Design: Buildings and Habitats, here today, said that the private sector including real estate builders will take a pledge to adopt green buildings in their future constructions and help the Nation in mitigating the green house gasses emissions. The Minister informed that new educational institutes like IITs, IIMs are registered with GRIHA to make green educational campuses. Shri Deepak Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Dr. R K Pachauri, Director General of TERI apart from other stakeholders attended the Conference.

During his address, Dr. Abdullah informed that he would be meeting the leading developers to seek their cooperation in achieving energy security and ecological security of this country through green and sustainable construction activities. He also said that most of the construction in terms of numbers is happening in smaller places where transformation is only possible through inspiration. “I am glad to learn that TERI is coming up with a simple version of GRIHA that helps individuals like you and me to make out new homes green and sustainable”, the Minister added.

The Minister stated that his Ministry is committed to make renewable energy competitive with fossil fuel-based energy, which is a challenge where buildings play a great role in reducing the energy demand and increasing the adoption of off-grid renewable energy technologies.

In his address, Shri Deepak Gupta highlighted that so far 85 projects have already been registered for GRIHA rating certification with 3.95 sq. m built up area and out of which 70 projects from various government departments, PSUs and educational institutes including AIIMS with a total 2.70 million square meter. He said that his Ministry if promoting the green buildings by providing incentives for registration and professional guidance to ADaRSH, an independent society created for this purpose.

The GRIHA Rating System is applicable for the construction of new buildings. However, under various programmes of the Ministry, installation of renewable energy systems and devices is being promoted in the country including in the Government Buildings.

In a recent DESC India -CII released report, that studied the various sectors  in India and the potential of ICT in each of them to Cut Carbon Footprint,  Commercial Buildings had the maximum saving potential of 42%.

Earlier this year, as Panchbuta had reported , Infosys BPO  had been awarded the 5-star rating for energy efficiency by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) for its building located in its Phase 2 campus in Hinjewadi, Pune. Suzlon had earlier obtained a ‘Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum rating’ for  its headquarters-Suzlon One Earth. Also, Infosys BPO Limited, the business process outsourcing subsidiary of Infosys Technologies Limited, has won the ‘Platinum’ rating by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its building in Jaipur, India.

Wipro and TCS were among the top ten companies in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) in India.  At that time, as Panchabuta had observed, it was rather surprising that Infosys Technologies that has also been in the forefront of green initiatives was absent from the top ten and further held their Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) answers not public.

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