According to reports, the former President, APJ Abdul Kalam, has called on the industry to evolve new energy utilisation norms for different industries, and challenge designers to work towards sustainability targets, in the mission to make companies, communities and the country green.
Speaking at GreenCo Summit 2013 organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Pune, he said, “21st century companies will have unique challenges of maximising output, human resources and machinery with minimum clean water availability and with minimum clean air and maximum fossil fuel driven electricity. That calls for visionary decisions for solar and wind powered company and generation of water bodies inside the company.”
He concluded by exhorting industry leaders to move towards the vision of a ‘Livable Planet Earth’, as the next common goal for the world as a whole. This means we leave a sustainable world where we have taken less from nature, he said. The brand ambassador of IGBC, Kalam also felicitated green champions representing various companies for their contribution to the green building movement started by IGBC in 2001.
The GreenCo Summit 2013 is a CII initiative in the mission to promote Indian companies to make their daily operations sustainable beyond having sustainable buildings. On the occasion, 9 companies were awarded the GreenCo rating, the first of its kind in the world – Bengaluru International Airport Limited, ITC Limited PSPD Division – Badrachalam, Vasavadatta Cement – Sedam Unit, ACC Ltd. – Thondebhavi Cement Works, Brakes India Ltd., Foundry Division – Sholinghur, JK Tyres & Industries Ltd., Kankroli, HIL – Golan, Thyssenkrupp Electrical Steel India Pvt. Ltd., Nasik and Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Mysore.