‘Bengaluru needs sustainable solutions to become a Smart City’
Sustainable development is the key to the growth and development of urban habitats, said participants at a Regional Dialogue held in the city. Organised by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the dialogue was held as part of a series and the first in Bengaluru, in the run up to the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) 2015, which is to be held in New Delhi from 5 to 7 February 2015.
Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, TERI, said, “In a diverse country like India and with a federal structure of government, it is important that sustainable development be pursued as an objective in different regions of the country. The DSDS regional dialogue aims to engage key stakeholders in Bengaluru to explore how sustainable development concepts and practices could be applied to growth and development in South India, and reduce their footprint on the ecosystems of that region.”
C N Raghupathi, VP & Head India Business Unit, Infosys, said, “By 2030, cities will be different from the cities of today. However a lot of work needs to be done.”
In a related development TERI in collaboration with Electric Lamp and Component Manufacturers’ Association of India (ELCOMA) organised a workshop titled, ‘“Quality assurance of lighting products and importance of laboratories’ on the sidelines of ‘Lighting India 2014, an exhibition featuring green lighting technology,’ held in New Delhi.
TERI has also established a Solar Lighting Laboratory (SLL), which is a unique laboratory in India that adheres to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for testing solar lighting systems (SLS).