Seminar on Green Built Environment organized by CII’s IGBC in Kolkata
Kolkata, June 03, 2023
On the occasion of World Environment Day 2023, a seminar on Green Built Environment was organized last evening at Park Hotel in Kolkata by CII’s Indian Green Building Council in association with CREDAI Bengal and Rotary Club of Calcutta Inner City to sensitize all the stakeholders from building and construction sector and for the other professionals.
Sushil Mohta, Chairman, IGBC Kolkata in his opening remarks highlighted several accomplishments of IGBC over last two decades, how Kolkata has emerged as the leading city in the country in terms of number of green building projects going green. In his address, he mentioned IGBC efforts have resulted in India achieving 10.27 Billion Sq.ft of registered Green footprint from more than 10,900 projects across India. This has facilitated India in becoming the 2nd country in the world in terms of largest registered green building footprint. IGBC has demonstrated a clear business case for green buildings.
Aroop Biswas, Minister in Charge, Power, Housing, Youth Services & Sports, Government of West Bengal who could not attend due to the last-minute change in schedule sent his message to the participants which was read at the venue. In his message, he thanked IGBC to organise such awareness creations which are the need of the hour, and advise him to work closely with his department by suggesting short-term and long-term visions for the state towards environmental sustainability.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, Debashis Sen, IAS (Retd.), Managing Director, West Bengal Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. Highlighted various initiatives of HIDCO, New Town Development Authority which encouraged green building construction and has been pivotal in introducing and implementing the green building policies which has resulted a surge in the green construction in Kolkata. He also highlighted some of the major initiatives which are being planned at New Town related to revamping the infrastructures to support cycling, EV charging etc. He urged that besides the government, the conscious efforts of all the citizens are key to create a better place to live, work and commute.
The members of Rotary Clubs, Sukanya Dasgupta and Ravindra Sehgal also addressed the gathering with their key insights and highlighted the importance of a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Apurva Salarpuria, Vice President, CREDAI Bengal also addressed the programme and highlighted many key contributors to the green building construction practices. He also mentioned the emerging trends and the transition from green buildings to net zero buildings are the future.
M Anand in his presentation showed a comprehensive overview of the Indian Green Building Council’s programmes and initiatives. He elaborated on the need for green and net zero buildings, the impact created by 31 holistic IGBC rating systems for various buildings and built environment types, government incentives to green-rated projects by various state govt, landmark green projects from Kolkata, West Bengal also shown in his deliberations.
Vivek Singh Rathore, Co Chairman, IGBC Kolkata concluded the inaugural session of the seminar with the message of 3Ps – Promote, Process, and Protect which resembles to the environment and Mother Earth.
The seminar further continued with the technical presentation on glasses for green buildings, water monitoring, and saving, acoustics for large buildings, ESG in real estate. The session was well attended by 200 delegates from various walks of the building industry and many from the other sectors.