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Move from 'Use and Throw' Value System to 'Use and Reuse' - Shyam Saran Print E-mail
Written by Vivek   
Wednesday, 26 January 2011
Mumbai: There is a need for using resources in a sustainable manner and move away from current 'use and throw' value system to 'use and reuse' value system, said Shyam Saran, Former Special Envoy on Climate Change to Prime Minister of India and Acting Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries.

He stressed the need for a worldwide movement to shift from fossil fuels technologies and carbon based resources of energy to renewable resources. On international front, he added that developing countries too could share the responsibility of cutting emissions but they need to be supported through affordable technology transfer by the developed world.

He was addressing the Plenary Session on “Partnering to Sustain: The Environmental Imperative” at the 17th Partnership Summit organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India and the Government of Maharashtra.

Innovation must aid bringing in solutions that are affordable, accessible and reliable said Professor Anil K. Gupta, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, while speaking at the Plenary Session on “Partnership in Innovation: Towards Human Development”

Professor Gupta further added that innovation could be leveraged to get the necessary solutions at lower costs by forging partnerships between technological youth, institutions, industry and government that aim to devise new solutions at affordable costs. Professor Gupta suggested that an innovative idea could come from any section of the society citing examples of a portal which furnishes information on 104 diverse projects done by 50, 000 students from engineering colleges that cater to daily needs of diverse segments of the population.

Addressing the Plenary Session at the Partnership Summit, Mr. Yasuo Sasabe, General Manager, ICT Solutions Business, Hitachi India, opined that innovation must embrace fusion of ideas and expertise and skill sets that could bring to market solution systems addressing meet human needs. He underlined the need for contributing to social infrastructure by forging partnerships and joint ventures in manufacturing and designing capabilities of the firms as well. He also highlighted the need for stepping up private investments in public research and encouraging larger firms that are technologically dynamic to leverage innovation for Human development.

Chairing the Plenary Session at the 17 Partnership Summit, 2011, Dr. Naushad Forbes, Director, Forbes Marshall, indicated the need for technology that is accessible to the poor and which could even encompass making innovative use of the existing technologies. He alluded that partnership needs to be forged across groups - between the farming community and the investors, high and low technology providers for human development.

Ms. Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science & Environment and Society for Environmental Communications speaking at the Plenary Session asserted that we are almost witnessing the beginning of climate change phenomenon and appealed to the industry to take this into account and bring forth sustainable methods of production that are eco friendly. She observed that one of the economic effects of weather disturbance was rise in food costs across the globe.

Expressing concerns on effects of climate change on poor, Ms Narain indicated that poor are the direct victims of environmental degradation on account of lesser availability of water and forest resources. Hence, we need to design a new model of development that uses water prudently and employs affordable technologies which have lesser environmental impact.

Moderating the Plenary Session Mr. Arun Nanda, Chairman, CII (Western Region) and Director, Mahindra & Mahindra Limited said that business perspective of Indian entrepreneurs and the CII has been to support efforts to tackle climate change. He cited that there have been efforts for designing electric cars and harnessing wind and solar energy and added that carbon emission reduction targets for 2010 can be quite achievable if we continue to innovate on business models that are sustainable and support practices like organic farming and fuel efficiency, he added.

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