According to Jamshyd Godrej, Past President CII, Green Buildings are a huge opportunity to slow down a rapidly warming earth. He was speaking at the inaugural session of Green Building Congress 2021.
“Action by businesses to promote and Green buildings will be a competitive advantage for decades. The Green Building Congress has always been a platform to facilitate advancing green building movement in the country,” Godrej said.
Green Building Congress 2021, India’s flagship event on green buildings and built environment was inaugurated by Alex Ellis, British High Commissioner to India. The 3-day conference is being held virtually on CII HIVE platform. This year’s theme is ‘Net Zero Buildings & Built Environment’.
Delivering his address during Green Building Congress 2021, Ellis said, “COP26 Conference at Glasgow was momentous, as it sets the world to the path of Net Zero. Over 90% of world’s economies are now covered by Net Zero Pledges. The discussion is no longer on ‘if countries should be Net Zero, the question is by ‘when’ and ‘how’ will they be Net Zero.” “Climate Change is amongst the five pillars of the India-UK 2030 Roadmap agreed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister Boris Johnson in May this year. As part of the Climate Change Roadmap, the govt of UK will invest in Green Projects & Renewable Energy in India, encourage British Businesses to collaborate with India Counterparts to work on sustainability projects, carry out publicly funded research & development programmes, etc. The UK Government will continue to work together with Govt of India in providing sustainable and viable solutions to climate change.”
The conference was also graced by Jayant Sinha, MP, former Union Minister of State for Finance & Civil Aviation who said that to achieve India’s commitment to become Net Zero by 2070, power generation should be completely switched over to renewable source, the transportation and mobility must switch over to electric and other low emitting fuels, green hydrogen for industrial applications should be encouraged in a large way and importantly carbon pricing and fossil fuel taxing is vital as it will lead to fiscal transition from fossil fuel.