According to reports, the Andhra Pradesh Government is giving final touches to a new green factory building code that will make it mandatory for factories to implement certain green guidelines for conserving energy, water and land space.
Rajat Kumar, AP Commissioner of Industries, said the code would be applicable for new as well as existing industries. “We are ensuring that implementation of these guidelines do not impose much financial burden on factories. In fact, these measures would yield them higher returns in the long run,” he said at an international conference on Green Enterprises and Green Industrial Parks here today.
The proposed green guidelines include painting of at least 50 per cent of the roof surface with high solar reflective paint, at least 50 per cent of the car parking spaces should have a shade, certain rainwater harvesting measures and designing of windows and skylight so that more day-lighting can be accessed by the interior areas.
Kumar said the State Government was also working on a proposal to supply treated water to industries so that drinking water supplies could be increased.
Addressing the gathering, Bernd Dunnzlaff, Head of Economic Cooperation and Development, German Embassy, said the annual German commitments for Indo-German development cooperation have risen to €725 million (Rs 4,700 crore) last year. “During our (inter) government negotiations for 2013, which will take place in Delhi next Monday, the annual commitment will again be substantially increased,” he said.
He pointed out that currently there were about 80 ongoing programmes and projects under the Indo-German cooperation programme encompassing sectors such as consultancy, capacity building and financial cooperation.
Under the Indo-German Environment Partnership programme, plans are afoot to set up new industrial parks and investment zones, with the pilot activities being focussed in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
The three-day conference, organised by the Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of Andhra Pradesh, will discuss various issues related to green entrepreneurship, including waste recycling entrepreneurship opportunities, urban organic farming, e-waste management, decentralised waste water treatment systems, emerging green technologies and financing options.