Trans­form­ing the CV in­dus­try

At the In­dia Sus­tain­abil­ity Lead­er­ship Sum­mit 2017, cir­cu­lar economies and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals were stressed upon.

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At the In­dia Sus­tain­abil­ity Lead­er­ship Sum­mit 2017, cir­cu­lar economies and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment goals were stressed upon.

Or­gan­ised by Frost & Sul­li­van and TERI – The En­ergy and Re­sources In­sti­tute, the In­dian Sus­tain­abil­ity Lead­er­ship Sum­mit 2017, held at Mum­bai re­cently, delved upon Cir­cu­lar Economies and Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment goals (SDGs). Draw­ing at­ten­tion to busi­ness mod­els, tools, tech­nolo­gies, so­lu­tions and ap­proaches, a part of the sum­mit were the ‘Sus­tain­abil­ity 4.0 Awards’, which ac­knowl­edged the agents of change. Aimed at en­cour­ag­ing the adop­tion of sus­tain­able devel­op­ment prac­tices in or­gan­i­sa­tions, and to recog­nise the ef­forts of front run­ners, 19 awards, un­der the three heads of lead­ers, chal­lengers and be­liev­ers, were pre­sented to de­serv­ing com­pa­nies. Re­liance In­dus­tries won the Sus­tain­able Cor­po­rate of the Year Award. Tata Mo­tors won the Safety Ex­cel­lence Award, and Mahin­dra won the Sus­tain­able Fac­tory of the Year award for their en­gine man­u­fac­tur­ing plant at Igat­puri, near Nashik . Henkel Ad­he­sive Tech­nolo­gies In­dia won the (Large Busi­ness) Lead­ers Award.

Cir­cu­lar economies and newer busi­ness mod­els

En­com­pass­ing cir­cu­lar economies and new busi­ness mod­els, the first ses­sion looked at how busi­nesses are achiev­ing SDGs. Defin­ing cir­cu­lar econ­omy

as an al­ter­na­tive to a tra­di­tional lin­ear-econ­omy (make, use, dis­pose) where re­sources are used for as long as pos­si­ble, and max­i­mum value is ex­tracted from them, the pan­elists touched upon re­cov­er­ing, and re­gen­er­at­ing prod­ucts and ma­te­ri­als, at the end of their ser­vice life. With SDGs at the core, the ses­sion looked at how SDGs, spear­headed by the United Na­tions, have come to build upon the prin­ci­ples agreed un­der Res­o­lu­tion A/ RES/66/288, known pop­u­larly as ‘The Fu­ture We Want’. It is a non-bind­ing doc­u­ment re­leased as a re­sult of Rio+20 Con­fer­ence held in 2012 at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The 17 SDGs, cov­er­ing eco­nomic, so­cial devel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for en­gage­ment. They also pro­vide for a new type of part­ner­ship to ad­dress global chal­lenges. With the in­au­gu­ral ses­sion touch­ing upon how busi­ness lead­er­ship trans­forms the fu­ture of busi­ness, and de­signs fu­ture devel­op­ment path­ways apart from mea­sur­ing busi­ness val­ues and shar­ing the im­per­a­tives to achieve SDGs, the ses­sion saw pan­elists point at the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able Devel­op­ment. It is a set of 17 global goals with 169 tar­gets be­tween them.

Chair­ing the ses­sion, G S Gill, Dis­tin­guished Ad­vi­sor, TERI, touched upon the var­i­ous as­pects con­sid­ered while em­bed­ding SDGs into an or­gan­i­sa­tion. Ex­pressed Dr. Jaco Cil­liers, Coun­try Di­rec­tor, UNDP in In­dia, that the mis­trust be­tween the pri­vate sec­tor, pub­lic sec­tor and the think tanks has lead to sus­tain­abil­ity that is hardly ef­fec­tive. Men­tioned Ra­jiv Ran­jan Mishra, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor – In­dia, CLP Power In­dia, “The Gov­ern­ment should help by pric­ing re­sources cor­rectly.” Averred Ran­dal New­ton,

Vice Pres­i­dent – En­ter­prise Engi­neer­ing, Inger­soll Rand, “The need is to achieve a few goals over the short to medium term as the key to achieve SDGs. There is a need to achieve 50 per cent re­duc­tion in green­house ef­fect by 2020.” “An in­vest­ment in the re­gion of USD five mil­lion is re­quired to make the prod­ucts ef­fi­cient,” he men­tioned. New­ton re­ferred to a mar­ket study by China En­ergy Ser­vice Com­pany (ESCO), which men­tions the need to gen­er­ate new busi­ness mod­els which are sus­tain­able. He also touched upon the world’s largest man­u­fac­turer of small-wheel, zero-emis­sion elec­tric ve­hi­cles - Club Car. It is a Inger­soll Rand brand, and is claimed to of­fer a cleaner, qui­eter al­ter­na­tive to fos­sil­fuel pro­pelled ve­hi­cles. Namita Vikas, Group Pres­i­dent and Global Head – Cli­mate Strat­egy and Re­spon­si­ble Bank­ing, Yes Bank Ltd., spoke about the need to in­vest USD seven-toeight mil­lion to mit­i­gate cli­mate change. “There is a need for green bonds to in­vest in cir­cu­lar economies. There is also a need to lever­age the funds, to bring about an in­ter­est­ing sub­ven­tion for en­vi­ron­men­tal projects and ad­vo­cate cli­mate lit­er­acy,” she said. Ra­jiv Ran­jan Mishra men­tioned that there is a need to price re­sources at their true price. “There is a dire need to stay away from ex­ces­sive gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence or sub­sidiaries,” he quipped.

Com­mer­cial ‘nor­mal’ and com­pet­i­tive­ness

The ple­nary ses­sion looked at sus­tain­abil­ity to dial a com­mer­cial ‘nor­mal’ and com­pet­i­tive­ness. Touch­ing upon sus­tain­able lead­er­ship through as­pects like re­spon­si­ble fi­nanc­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing, green in­fra­struc­ture and devel­op­ment, the ses­sion saw pan­elists delve upon as­pects like de­mand ag­gre­ga­tion for greener prod­ucts as well. Ajay Shankar, For­mer Sec­re­tary, De­part­ment of In­dus­trial Pro­mo­tion and Pol­icy, Min­istry of Com­merce & In­dus­try, Gov­ern­ment of In­dia, and Dis­tin­guished Fel­low – TERI, re­it­er­ated the need for ESCO model. He termed the model as a prof­itable in­vest­ment, and stressed upon the fru­gal use of re­sources dur­ing man­u­fac­ture. Shankar stated that the stake­hold­ers

ought to look at sun-rise sec­tors like hy­dro­gen fuel pro­duc­tion. Echo­ing Shankar’s sen­ti­ment about ESCO, Aalok A Deshmukh, Head – En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency, Global Op­er­a­tions, Sch­nei­der Elec­tric, called for it to be made a Key Per­for­mance In­di­ca­tor (KPI) at lead­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions across in­dus­try ver­ti­cals. Dilip N. Kulka­rni, Pres­i­dent Agri-Food Di­vi­sion at Jain Ir­ri­ga­tion Sys­tems Ltd., stressed upon nur­tur­ing en­ergy as a third crop. “The nexus be­tween en­ergy, wa­ter and food will help to mit­i­gate cli­mate change,” he opined.

Draw­ing at­ten­tion to In­dian Rail­ways, Shiven­dra Mo­han, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, En­vi­ron­ment Direc­torate, Rail­ways Board, Min­istry of Rail­ways, stated that rail­ways has achieved 10 to 12 per cent gain in trac­tion en­ergy. “There is a scope for ad­di­tional 20 per cent im­prove­ment in fuel ef­fi­ciency with the help of op­ti­mised driv­ing as­sis­tance and a bet­ter pay­load to tare ra­tio,” he said. A fur­ther 15 to 20 per cent can be saved over a five year pe­riod by set­ting up a 1 kMW so­lar plant and a 170 MW wind plant, averred Mo­han. Ad­vo­cat­ing the need to use al­ter­na­tive fu­els in rail­ways, Mo­han drew at­ten­tion to bio-fu­els pos­ing a lim­i­ta­tion. High­light­ing the fact that 20 per cent of freight run­ning has been sub­sti­tuted by al­ter­na­tive fu­els like CNG, Mo­han ex­plained, “In fur­naces, LNG is be­ing used. Apart from ini­tia­tives like wa­ter re­cy­cling, at In­dian Rail­ways, we are de­vel­op­ing wa­ter bod­ies, and adopt­ing green cer­ti­fi­ca­tion (ISO 14001/1SO 15001) across our man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties and work­shops.”

Smart sus­tain­able busi­nesses

The first of the two prac­ti­tioner ses­sions delved upon tech­nol­ogy and so­lu­tions for a smart, sus­tain­able busi­ness. Touch­ing upon risk man­age­ment at three lev­els – over­sight and gov­er­nance, busi­ness and strate­gic risk man­age­ment, and day-to­day risk man­age­ment, Rakesh Agar­wal, Vice Pres­i­dent, at Re­liance In­dus­tries, spoke on the sub­ject of in­te­grated risk man­age­ment frame­work. He called upon the need for busi­nesses to meet leg­isla­tive re­quire­ments and im­ple­ment, man­age and fos­ter vol­un­tary ini­tia­tives at the cor­po­rate level. Terms like lean struc­ture, in­ter­nal crowd sourc­ing, use of shared re­sources and In­dus­try Revo­lu­tion 4.0 also found a men­tion in his speech. Dur­ing the waste wa­ter treat­ment and re­cy­cling at man­u­fac­tur­ing plants ses­sion, Dr. Mri­tyun­jay Chaubey, Global Vice Pres­i­dent – En­vi­ron­ment and Sus­tain­abil­ity, UPL, men­tioned the need to adapt new ways to treat waste. He stressed on to pri­mary, sec­ondary, and ter­tiary sludge treat­ment.

Draw­ing im­mense in­ter­est, the sec­ond ses­sion touched upon high ef­fi­ciency so­lar heat­ing and power tech­nolo­gies against the back­drop of NITI Aayog’s state­ment about en­cour­ag­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles. Sid­dharth Ma­lik, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Me­gawatt So­lu­tions, ex­pressed that the fu­ture lay in ef­fi­cient en­ergy so­lu­tions. He drew at­ten­tion to the MWS Smart Tree de­vel­oped by his com­pany. In com­par­i­son to a con­ven­tional so­lar panel, the MWS Smart Tree is an aes­thetic al­ter­na­tive said Ma­lik. Each tree, he ex­plained, con­tains a trunk, and con­fig­urable branches of var­i­ous ca­pac­i­ties. S.N Rao, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Of­fi­cer, OMC Power, spoke about mi­cro-grid tech­nol­ogy. Ashok Chawla, Chair­man, TERI, stressed upon the need to think in the for­ward di­rec­tion. Stress­ing upon a bright fu­ture, he ex­pressed op­ti­mism. Stat­ing that the chal­lenge is in build­ing a sus­tain­able model, Chawla said, the need is to main­stream it.

⇩ (L to R) Aalok A Deshmukh, Head En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency, Global Op­er­a­tions, Sch­nei­der Elec­tric, Dr. Dilip N. Kulka­rni, Pres­i­dent, AgriFood Di­vi­sion, Jain Ir­ri­ga­tion Sys­tem Lim­ited, Ajay Shankar, For­mer Sec­re­tary, De­part­ment of In­dus­trial Pro­mo­tion and...

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