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Cities Have the Potential to Influence the Causes of Climate Change: Dr. Sudheer Krishna, Secretary of Urban Development, GoI

August 22, 2013

NEW DELHI, August 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

“Cities have the potential to influence the causes of climate change and they have the
solutions to advance climate protection,” Dr. Sudheer Krishna said in his message to the
audience at Green Habitat Summit India 2013, which was organized by HexaGreen and held at
the India Habitat Centre New Delhi on August 20-21, 2013.

Dr. Krishna said that the success of adaptation critically depends on the availability
of necessary resources, not only financial, but also knowledge, technical capability,
institutional resources and tools.

He emphasized that by 2030, the world will need at least 50 per cent more food, 45 per
cent more energy and 30 per cent more water – all at a time when environmental boundaries
are throwing up new limits to supply. Cities have become awesome in size, and also
greenhouse gas emissions. Larger cities have a ravenous appetite for energy, consuming two
third of the world’s energy and creating over 70% of global CO2 emissions, he stated.

Dr. Krishna also opined that the two main characteristics that define sustainable
development are efficiency and equity: Efficiency, in functioning and equity, when
distributed within the generation and between generations.

He said, “Applied to the context of urban planning and development, the most
fundamental elements of sustainability are the utilization of natural resources in a city
region most efficiently, most equitably across sections of society and in such a manner
that the resources are conserved and renewed for future generations to meet their needs
and aspirations.”

Organized by HexaGreen; an environment media initiative by DevCom Media, the Green
Habitat conference focused on technologies, strategies, and financial mechanisms that
could help the ULBs and states achieve sustainability goals – from building infrastructure
and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to promoting a thriving green economy.

The summit brought in leading representatives from government agencies, entrepreneurs,
private enterprises and the civil society that deliberated on areas like sustainable
buildings, energy efficiency, renewable energy, building materials, wastewater management,
solid waste management, and waste-to-wealth initiatives to chalk out a sustainable and
green roadmap for habitats, including buildings, housing projects, townships and cities.

HexaGreen is an initiative by DevCom Media Pvt. Ltd. with a vision of bridging the
information and communication gap in the environment sector through websites, events, and
research. The Green Habitat conference focused on technologies, strategies, and financial
mechanisms that could help the ULBs and states achieve sustainability goals – from
building infrastructure and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to promoting a thriving
green economy. The event was co-hosted by World Business Council for Sustainable
Development (WBCSD), National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI),
Society of Energy Engineers and Managers (SEEM), All India Institute of Local Self
Government (AIILSG), among others.

This conference was coordinated by Dr. Sukumar Devotta, Former Director, National
Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), who has immensely contributed to the
field of Energy and Environment. He has served and continues to serve in many prestigious
National & International Committees.

About HexaGreen

HexaGreen is an initiative by DevCom Media Pvt. Ltd. with a vision of bridging the
information and communication gap in the environment sector through websites, events, and
research. It provides a digest form of all important happenings, policy matters, and
actions taken in the sector, trend reading of the future of the business and
representation of the same in pithy to-the-point anecdotes culled out from worldwide
sources with high degree of India-centricity, opinion and analysis from corporate
executives and thought leaders offering insight and inspiration on trends and best
practices and valuable resources to help increase the effectiveness of online browsing.

Contact: Lakshmishree Sinha, +91-98110-06805, lmshree@hexagreen.com

SOURCE HexaGreen


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