The Global Green Summit (GGS) held on October 31, 2015, at Mumbai by ACETECH brought together the architects, developers, green practitioners, urban planners, policy makers and influencers to promote and discuss the strategic agendas for a sustainable future. Welspun Renewables joined hands with GGS as the Presenting Partner GGS to bring about effective solutions. The ‘Green Hero’ award by Welspun Renewables, launched in collaboration with The Economic Times ACETECH recognized outstanding non-institutional initiatives for environment sustainability. Narayana Peesapaty won the Green Hero award for the uniqueness of his idea of edible, eco-friendly cutlery and the applicability and scalability of his innovation. Nominees of Welspun Renewable’s Green Hero initiative spoke about their innovative ideas in the session on ‘Disruptive grass-root innovation for a sustainable future’.
The conference was divided into six sessions and the theme of the conference was ‘Transitioning into the Green Economy’. Accordingly key concerns were deliberated based on topics such as Affordable Housing, Role Of Facilities Management Companies In Motivating A Sustainable Culture, Disruptive Grass-Root Innovations For A Sustainable Future, Make In India- The Green Built Environment, Making Renewable Energy Mainstream and Sustainable Smart Cities and expert panels led an interactive discourse in each session.
Eminent panelists included, V Suresh (Director, Hirco project companies), Ar. Sanjay Prakash (Principal Consultant, Shift Studio), Gaurav Shorey (PSI Energy), Ar. Jaume Carne (Barcelona), Ar. Ashok Lall (Ashok B. Lall Architects), Ar. Jay Shah (Director, Access Architects) , Ar. Mukesh Mehta (Chairman, MM Project Consultants), Amritha Ballal (Founding Partner, SpaceMatters Design Studio), Rajat Malhotra (COO, Integrated Facilities Management, JLL), Aneesh Kadyan (Director – Operations, CBRE South Asia Pvt. Ltd.), Teddy D’souza (Operations Head, Knauf AMF), Kishor Nair (Head- Renewable Energy Business, Welspun Renewables) , Mario Schmidt (MD- Lingel), Robert Hoellrigl (President – R&D,Design- Encraft ) among others.
At the session on ‘Affordable Housing,’ Sharad Mahajan, Executive Director of NGO ‘Mashal’ spoke about the importance of research and analysis, the role of architecture and planning and the necessity of policy makers and designers to make informed decisions. The panel discussion on ‘Role of facilities management companies in motivating a Sustainable Culture’ deliberated on varied aspects including the life cycle of a building being in the hands of a facility manager yet, he/she having little or no influence on the design, efficiency ratings in sustainable buildings and standards used to benchmark a building’s performance, etc.
The session on ‘Make-in-India – The Green Built Environment’, moderated by V Suresh, Director, Hirco Projects Companies, highlighted the importance of vernacular architecture and how vernacular methods can solve modern day problems. Whereas, the session, ‘Making Renewable Energy Mainstream- The India Context’, moderated by Gaurav Shorey, of PSI Energy addressed issues of grid compatibility, local operating condition and increasing energy demand were addressed.
The smart cities discussion focused on the resource management as the determining factor of a sustainable smart city. The panelists debated on questions such as, what is the impact of smart cities on energy consumption, what percentage of reduction would be a reasonable and achievable target and if it was possible for smart cities to be net zero in the future.