CII’s IGBC Joins hands with WBHIDCO to host an awareness seminar on Greening the Commercial Establishments in New Town

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CII’s IGBC Joins hands with WBHIDCO to host an awareness seminar on Greening the Commercial Establishments in New Town.
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CII’s IGBC Joins hands with WBHIDCO to host an awareness seminar on Greening the Commercial Establishments in New Town

Kolkata , February 22,2024 :

Indian Green Building Council, from the Confederation of Indian Industries, has collaborated with WBHIDCO to organize an awareness seminar on greening commercial establishments in New Town. This conference is aimed to disseminate key information and technicalities related to non-residential buildings and projects that are operated and used for commercial purposes such as Offices, Malls, IT Parks, Healthcare Facilities, Financial Institutions, Educational Campuses, etc. The session has addressed the benefits of going green through practical implications & green compliances to all the stakeholders, particularly to the allottees of New Town Kolkata Development Authority and other key stakeholders in the segment.

The inaugural session witnessed the presence of Shri Debashis Sen, IAS (retd), former Chairman of NKDA and former MD of WBHIDCO, former additional chief secretary, Govt of West Bengal, Shri Sushil Mohta, Chairman, IGBC Kolkata Chapter Chairman, Merlin Group Shri Ar Vivek Singh Rathore, Co-Chairman, IGBC Kolkata Chapter & Mr M Anand Dy. Executive Director, Indian Green Building Council. Mr. Sanjay Bansal, IAS, MD, WBHIDCO & Secretary of Urban Development & Municipal Affairs, Govt of West Bengal graced the occasion.

CII’s IGBC Joins hands with WBHIDCO to host an awareness seminar on Greening the Commercial Establishments in New Town.
CII’s IGBC Joins hands with WBHIDCO to host an awareness seminar on Greening the Commercial Establishments in New Town.

In his inaugural address, Mr. Sushil Mohta, chairman- of IGBC, and Merlin group said, “ West Bengal emerged amongst top five states in India in terms of highest registered green Building footprints, thanks to the visionary leadership of the State government which notified green building incentives, for Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), other municipal areas as well as New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA). The majority of projects in Kolkata adopting planning and execution of projects as per green building norms and embracing green building certification are from the residential sector which is showcasing tremendous growth. However, in order to address sustainable Development-construction practices and resilience in the built spaces, it is of utmost importance that the entire building sector adopts a holistic green approach. It is more important to maintain the buildings once developed. As per environmental norms, large-scale activities including bigger buildings with more than 20,000 sq meters, must obtain environmental clearance. Therefore it is sensible for the developers to avail of green building certification. Large corporates like ITC, Wipro, State Bank, Bandhan Bank, etc have decided that going forward all the building developments will be as per Green Building Norms. I feel more corporates and institutes should come forward for the same.

The existing buildings including the vitange buildings can have retrofitting to adopt green building certification. It is always beneficial for real estate companies to have IGBC green building certification as green buildings have 10% extra FAR. Besides commercial buildings and residential buildings, towns, and important metro corridors should adhere to greening standards. I felt proud to felicitate Sri Debashis sen for platinum-rated certifications for Newtown and GM of Howrah railway station with green building certification.”

CII’s IGBC Joins hands with WBHIDCO to host an awareness seminar on Greening the Commercial Establishments in New Town.
CII’s IGBC Joins hands with WBHIDCO to host an awareness seminar on Greening the Commercial Establishments in New Town.

Mr. Sanjay Bansal, IAS, MD WBHIDCO appreciated IGBC’s initiative in greening the city. He said that Coal India is the first building to have green certification. He also feels that most buildings in the new town will be carbon neutral or carbon negative as solar panels will be installed in the next five to ten years.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Debashis Sen, former MD, WBHIDCO said, “ The net zero compulsion for the corporate sector is the need of the hour as India is poised to reach net zero states by the year 2070. SEBI mandated BRSR or Business Responsibility and Sustainability Reporting for the top 1000 listed companies last year. This means they have to reduce carbon emissions. In the present context, it is more important for companies especially the IT sector who work with companies in Europe. In the current year, carbon emission needs to be documented in Europe and the green rating of corporates like the IT sector in India will go down if they buy products from companies with low green ratings. So carbon benchmarking is very crucial as the reputation of companies having low carbon emissions will go up. I feel IGBC needs to have a separate chapter on the purely corporate rating of international standards. It is very fast involving see, we will be very happy rating like this. I got a platinum award for Newtown from Mr Mohta. Definitely, we would like to move with IGBC”.

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