Discussing the opportunities of India's infrastructure
- 10 August 2011
NEW DELHI: The Climate Group recently attended the Infragreen 2011 forum as a session knowledge partner, which was hosted by Economic Times in New Delhi in India and saw industry leaders gather to discuss the huge opportunities of India's low carbon infrastructure.
The forum set out to provide insights into implementation of green practices in the built environment and its strong business potential. The focus of the one day discussion was on the need for ensuring the right balance is struck between infrastructural development and environmental sustainability.
The in-depth dialogue brought together experts from within the building industry, not-for-profits and other stakeholder groups.
Inaugurating the conference, Ms. Jayanthi Natarajan, Minister for Environment & Forests, Government of India emphasized how clean energy and energy efficiency are two crucial elements for India's economic growth.
Speaking later in the conference, Mr. Ruberto Zagha, Country Director, The World Bank mentioned how cities in India have not reached a level of efficiency that world class cities needs to have.
There was also debate on how energy efficient technologies needs incentives to encourage the interest of the stakeholders towards adoption of these technologies.
Expressing her views during the panel discussion, Aditi Dass, Director Technology Programs, The Climate Group said: “It’s never an easy task for a relatively new and expensive technology to make ways for large-scale adoption. But if the technology itself has huge long-term environmental and financial benefits attached with it, then things will certainly start moving - if only slowly at first.”
Sharing experiences from The Climate Group’s pilot in Kolkata, Aditi Dass continued: “With little incentives and the right degree of awareness, Kolkata Municipal Corporation agreed to the concept of LED streetlights in 2010 and within a year there were couple of other municipalities who saw a value in the pilot project and took steps to initiate similar projects in their cities.”
Spread over different sessions, the discussions touched on many elements, including: environmental management through energy efficient technologies, basic service maintenance cost reductions through utility channels planning and how waste materials can become the next big economic opportunity for India.
The conference also talked in detail about how infrastructure investment in the 12th Five-Year Plan would double to $1 trillion and how adoption of green practices by engineering and construction companies is critical to capitalizing that opportunity.
Over the various sessions, the conference presented a holistic approach to making Indian cities more energy efficient, as part of the country's Clean Revolution.