GIBSS @ Smart Cities 2015 event by USGBC and TERI, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

In a determined effort to upgrade the current landscape of Indian cities and make them liveable, Prime Minister Modi's quest to build 100 smart cities is the most ambitious project launched for the development of the country. Focussed on smart governance, smart energy, smart environment, smart ICT, smart mobility, smart buildings, etc., the conference deliberated on aspects pertaining to clean water; efficient solid waste management; improved low emission public transport; proliferation of electric and hybrid vehicles for private use; clean energy for smart buildings; etc., all enabled through the use of ICT.

At the Smart Cities 2015 event by USGBC and TERI, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, GIBSS was part of a thought leadership theme-Green energy a must for smart cities. The event was chaired by Ms. Mili Majumdar, Director, Sustainable Habitat Division, TERI, India. The lead speaker at the event was Mr. Shirish Garud, Associate Director-EETD Division, TERI, India. Eminent panellists included, Ms. Aticka Chona, Director Communications, Scania Commercial Vehicles, Dr. Parimita Mohanty, Director of Strategic Initiatives, The Climate Group, Mr. Ramdas Shenoy, Director-Marketing, GIBSS,  Dr. Han Vandeyvere, VITO, Belgium and Dr. Vatsal Bhatt, USGBC, USA.

Key highlights of the discussion were on the targets for wind and solar energy ( both solar targets of 100,000 MW by 2022 and 60,000 MW in wind) which will put under undue pressure and also challenge the feasibility of the systems. Ramdas Shenoy, Director Marketing at GIBSS said, “To make it viable the focus has to move to energy efficiency and Prime Minister’s LED Lamp project is one such move in the right direction. With energy efficient systems getting noticed for its energy savings it will be difficult to ignore this space. Demand side technologies like Geothermal cooling systems which have now been recognized by MNRE and Lighting systems will help to reduce the gap or the quantum of energy required for any building and help build  ‘SMART India, which will be really smart in terms of water wastage, mobility & public services and green buildings”.

“Smart Cities is among the most vital endeavour of our Prime minister, Narendra Modi. To fulfil this dream of building smart self-sustainable and citizen friendly cities, we need an enlightened mind to make it a downright reality. It is time we think, plan and act fast. When we know we are walking in right direction, the only option left for us is to just walk fast. The housing and urban development ministry is working 24 * 7 and is open for innovative ideas to empower the dream of smart cities.” Said Babul Supriyo, Minister of health and urban development, Govt. of India.