Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam advocates the need of sustainable system for nation’s development at the recent GreenCo Summit 2013.
“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” said former President APJ Abdul Kalam at the GreenCo Summit 2013.
Kalam went on to say that “Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment.”
He added that steps such as ensuring efficiency in usage of water and other resources, protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity, reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation also contribute tremendously towards building greener structures.
He also stressed on the need to use fifth energy source, which is efficiently using electric power with minimum transmission loss.
Kalam also emphasised on e-waste and said that its generation, handling, transportation and disposal waste were an important concern for the country to address.
Talking about intelligent buildings and corporate, he said “the future holds a lot of promise as new concepts in nano-technology; smart materials and design software will open fresh avenues and unleash an era of efficient and sustainable buildings. The new edge green enterprises will give berth of new cadre of jobs – green corridor jobs. These jobs will be around business which either supply a green power or green power generating equipment.”
Kalam also encouraged continuous research by recyclers, electronic systems manufacturers and user groups to make green energy cost-effective.
Citing the recent Uttarakhand flood fury as an example of the adverse impact of climate change on mankind, CII-Godrej GBC chairman, Jamshyd N Godrej said “India is extremely vulnerable to climate change given its vast coastline and mountains.” He further spoke that the country’s progress would be hindered if it’s not conscious about the environment.