Pune: Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), on Thursday, held the 5th Edition of Green Conclave 2018 at the Auto Cluster Exhibition Centre in Pune highlighting the need to follow sustainable practices towards saving FEW (Fuel, Energy and Water) with the help of integrated waste management practices leading towards a smart and a sustainable city.
Speaking at the inaugural session, Viren Joshi, Chairman, CII Pune Zonal council, stressed on the importance of awareness about green initiatives in the society. “As the planet is undergoing numerous changes due to urbanisation, there is need to focus on creating a green ecosystem, enhancing energy efficient systems and trends and solutions for waste management systems, which will pave a roadmap to a Smart and Sustainable City,” said Joshi.
CII has also organised a three-day ‘Environ expo’ at the Auto Cluster, which started on Thursday. The expo features around 50 stalls focusing on clean energy, environment protection, E-mobility and waste management, which are beneficial for society.
Meher Pudumjee, Chairperson, Thermax Limited, delivered the keynote address emphasising on the need for awareness about sustainability by sharing a few facts like the past 4 years being recorded as the hottest years as per the climate monitoring authorities, air pollution being the fourth largest cause of death, drastic increase in carbon dioxide emission in the year 2017, etc. She also mentioned how green initiatives like apparel companies recycling plastic and using it in making of jeans can make a huge difference and that more such initiatives should be taken up. “Sustainability in true sense is meeting needs of present without compromising the needs of the future,” added Pudumjee.
Speaking at the event, JP Shroff, Chairman – IGBC Pune Chapter, CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, said that Pune is one of the most livable cities in the country with a large degree of green footprint. He also said how attitude of citizens at an early stage plays a pivotal role in bringing about a change in sustainability and environment. Dilip K Gawade, Additional Commissioner, PCMC, was also part of the event.