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Go Green, former president Kalam exhorts industry

According to reports, climate change and environment conservation are no longer armchair discussions, but have taken the prime slot in balance sheets of most companies. Most companies are closely monitoring their carbon footprint as a part of their corporate mission. Some responsible companies are taking concrete steps to just not to reduce their emission, but also reduce it to zero.

Against this backdrop, His Excellency Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India, 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.

Dr Kalam was speaking at the CII’s GreenCo Summit 2013 organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Pune. “21st century companies will have unique challenges of maximising the 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. The brand ambassador of IGBC, Dr 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 an initiative by CII in its mission to promote Indian companies to make their daily operations sustainable beyond having sustainable buildings.

The mission has borne first fruit as nine companies were awarded the GreenCo rating, the first of its kind in the world that recognises sustainable operations. The nine companies that received the deemed rating are Bengaluru International Airport Limited (BIAL), 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.

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